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SubjectRe: /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max issues
On Mon, 2004-09-13 at 03:57, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>> this is a pretty sweeping assertion. Would you
>> care to mention a few examples of such hazards?

On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 09:54:09AM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> kill(12345,9)
> setpriority(PRIO_PROCESS,12345,-20)
> sched_setscheduler(12345, SCHED_FIFO, &sp)
> Prior to the call being handled, the process may
> die and be replaced. Some random innocent process,
> or a not-so-innocent one, will get acted upon by
> mistake. This is broken and dangerous.
> Well, it's in the UNIX standard. The best one can
> do is to make the race window hard to hit, with LRU.

How do you propose to queue pid's? This is space constrained. I don't
believe it's feasible and/or desirable to attempt this, as there are
4 million objects to track independent of machine size. The general
tactic of cyclic order allocation is oriented toward making this rare
and/or hard to trigger by having a reuse period long enough that what
processes there are after a pid wrap are likely to have near-indefinite
lifetimes. i.e. it's the closest feasible approximation of LRU. If you
truly want/need reuse to be gone, 64-bit+ pid's are likely best.

-- wli
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