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SubjectRe: [RFC] vmtruncate releases pages of MAP_PRIVATE vma
Hello!

On Tue, Jan 21, 2003 at 11:51:01AM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:

> > I think vmtruncate() should preserve that pages.
> That would make sense. But we'd have to go and create zillions
> of copies of pages inside truncate, and given that the behaviour
> is unspecified, it is questionable whether anyone should be
> relying on the behaviour anyway..

It is way too easy to truncate some library and all executables (that are loaded
right now) will go nuts (Just did echo >/lib/libncurses.so.5.2 and expected
everything will get SIGBUS, but all the bashes and mutt went crazy consuming
memory until oom-killer killed them. Kind of surprising behaviour, I'd say.
Test was done on 2.4.19).
Also *BSD systems seems to return -ETXTBSY not only when you try to write-open
running executables, but also all of shared libs used (and this is probably
even more logical ).

Bye,
Oleg
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