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SubjectRe: [PATCH] nbd: show nbd client pid in sysfs
On Mon 2006-12-11 00:18:01, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 10, 2006 at 08:58:19PM +0100, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > Hi!
>
> Hi
>
> > > > > This simple patch allows nbd to expose the nbd-client
> > > > > daemon's PID in /sys/block/nbd<x>/pid. This is helpful
> > > > > for tracking connection status of a device and for
> > > > > determining which nbd devices are currently in use.
> > > >
> > > > Actually is it needed at all? Perhaps nbd clients should be modified
> > > > to put nbdX in their process nam?
> > >
> > > I don't think that's the right approach; only the kernel can guarantee
> > > that a given process is actually managing a given nbd device (I could
> > > have some rogue process running around announcing that it's managing
> > > nbd2, and then what?)
> >
> > I'd say "do not run rogue processes as root" :-).
> >
> > nbd-client should run as root -- I do not think interface was
> > carefully audited to run it as a user -- so rogue process should not
> > really be a problem.
>
> IOW, you're suggesting I walk the process list from userspace to find a
> process for which a) it claims it's running for a given nbd device, and
> b) I can verify that it actually has the permissions to do so. That's a
> whole lot of code in comparison to
>
> f=open("/sys/block/nbd2/pid", O_RDONLY);
> read(f,buf,len);
>
> I think I very much prefer the above two lines, not only for simplicity.
>
> Also, your suggestion relies on users /only/ using the official
> nbd-client, and is fragile in cases where that assumption is false
> (i.e., it's susceptible to false negatives). The suggested patch does
> not have that problem.

I do not think finding out "which pid is controlling nbd#2" is _that_
important.

We have /var/lock files for ttyS*, I do not see reason why nbd should
be different. Actually you could copy /var/lock approach.

And BTW that /sys/ thingie is racy by design (as is the log file). By
the time you try to do anything with that PID, process may be gone.
Pavel
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