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SubjectRe: [PATCH] shm: Fix the filename of hugetlb sysv shared memory
On Fri, 08 Jun 2007 17:43:34 -0600 (Eric W. Biederman) wrote:

> Some user space tools need to identify SYSV shared memory when
> examining /proc/<pid>/maps. To do so they look for a block device
> with major zero, a dentry named SYSV<sysv key>, and having the minor of
> the internal sysv shared memory kernel mount.
> To help these tools and to make it easier for people just browsing
> /proc/<pid>/maps this patch modifies hugetlb sysv shared memory to
> use the SYSV<key> dentry naming convention.
> User space tools will still have to be aware that hugetlb sysv
> shared memory lives on a different internal kernel mount and so
> has a different block device minor number from the rest of sysv
> shared memory.

I assume this fix is preferred over Badari's? If so, why?

From: Badari Pulavarty <>

shmid used to be stored as inode# for shared memory segments. Some of
the proc-ps tools use this from /proc/pid/maps. Recent cleanups
to newseg() changed it. This patch sets inode number back to shared
memory id to fix breakage.

Signed-off-by: Badari Pulavarty <>
Cc: "Albert Cahalan" <>
Cc: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
ipc/shm.c | 5 +++++
1 files changed, 5 insertions(+)
diff -puN ipc/shm.c~restore-shmid-as-inode-to-fix-proc-pid-maps-abi-breakage ipc/shm.c
--- a/ipc/shm.c~restore-shmid-as-inode-to-fix-proc-pid-maps-abi-breakage
+++ a/ipc/shm.c
@@ -397,6 +397,11 @@ static int newseg (struct ipc_namespace
shp->shm_nattch = 0;
shp->id = shm_buildid(ns, id, shp->shm_perm.seq);
shp->shm_file = file;
+ /*
+ * shmid gets reported as "inode#" in /proc/pid/maps.
+ * proc-ps tools use this. Changing this will break them.
+ */
+ file->f_dentry->d_inode->i_ino = shp->id;

ns->shm_tot += numpages;
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