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SubjectRe: bidirectional named pipe?
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Followup to:  <3A81D5B4.9CBC9B0D@kasey.umkc.edu>
By author: "David L. Nicol" <david@kasey.umkc.edu>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> How hard would it be to add? The limitation on fifos that you get the same
> one every time you open it makes some things tricky -- the server has to
> move the fifo and mkfifo a new one to replace its data with something else,
> for instance, which is not atomic.
>
> I don't understand, in the original problem, how the server opens
> the named bipipe differently from the servers, to be on one end rather than
> the other.
>
> A way to map a file name to a socket pair would be nice, the first to open
> it could get one end of it and everyone else would get the other end, or there
> would be a switch.
>
> You could patch the file system code, I wonder how deep the changes would have
> to be, if you did it in terms of lots of fifos.
>

I would really like it if open() on a socket would be the same thing
to connect to a socket as a client. I don't think it's a good idea to
do that for the server side, though, since it would have to know about
accept() anyway.

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