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SubjectRe: [patch 7/8] fdmap v2 - implement sys_socket2
On Fri, 8 Jun 2007, Alan Cox wrote:

> > So, what do you plan to do? Those handle won't be zero-based. Your
> > "working" system I immagine will do:
> >
> > bleeh[handle - BASE].duh = ...;
> >
> > How nice for a working system. If you *store* the handle returned by the
> > OS, and you *use* the handle to call for OS services, you will be fine
> > independently from the value handed out by the OS.
>
> Well there are two ways I'd do this
>
> #1: Throw the whole thing away and accept its not a good idea anyway

Unfortunately (exactly because of the same guarantees you're asking for
those handles), in order for userspace libraries to reliably internally
use fds to interact with the kernel, you need another kind of allocation
strategy.



> #2: If I was really going this way and I wanted to use it for serious
> tricks for high performance I/O then I'd provide the handle from
> userspace so that the strategy for allocation is controlled by the caller
> who is the only one who can make the smart decisions

It does not work. What if the main application, library A and library B
wants to implement their own allocation strategy?



- Davide


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