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SubjectRe: [RFC][v8][PATCH 9/10]: Define clone3() syscall
Michael Kerrisk [mtk.manpages@googlemail.com] wrote:
| Sukadev,
|
| On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 9:44 PM, Sukadev Bhattiprolu
| <sukadev@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
| > H. Peter Anvin [hpa@zytor.com] wrote:
| >> On 10/21/2009 01:26 PM, Michael Kerrisk wrote:
| >>>
| >>> My question here is: what does "3" actually mean? In general, system
| >>> calls have not followed any convention of numbering to indicate
| >>> successive versions -- clone2() being the one possible exception that
| >>> I know of.
| >>>
| >>
| >> "3" is number of arguments.
| >
| > To me, it is a version number.
|
| See my precending mail. Isn't the number of arguments "2".

Well it was 2 at one point, but I have posted a new version of
just that one patch - please see http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/10/16/3
for comments.

I am working on some updates and will post a new patchset - it
will have 3 parameters to clone3() as shown in the above mail.

|
| > mmap() and mmap2() both have 6 parameters.
| >
| > Besides if wait4() were born before wait3(), would it still be wait4() :-)
| > But I see that it is hard to get one-convention-that-fits-all.
|
| Yes -- that's exactly right.
|
| >> It's better than "extended" or something
| >> like that simply because "extended" just means "more than", and a number
| >> at least tells you *how much more than*.
| >
| > And extended assumes we wont extend again.
|
| Well, if we do things right in this design, we may not need to ever
| extend (by creating a new syscall) again. That's why I mentioned the
| "flags" argument idea. Did you give this some thought?

Yes, we have done the best we can to avoid extending clone() again
anytime soon (some reserved bytes and clone_args_size field). Would
we still need the flags parameter ? Again its in the new patch
that I pointed to above.

|
| > An informal poll of reviewers has clone3() with a slight advantage :-)
| >
| >        clone_extended() camp: Serge Hallyn, Kerrisk, Louis Rilling,
| >        clone3(): Sukadev, H. Peter Anvin, Oren, Matt Helsley.
| >
| > I like clone3() but am not insisting on it. I just want a name...
|
| And I'm not really insisting on a change. As you rightly point out,
| there is much inconsistency in the naming conventions that have been
| used over the years.
|
| But, because there has been no consistency in the use of numbers, and
| because the number of arguments that are presented in a glibc
| interface may differ from the number of arguments in an underlying
| syscall (several precedents: signalfd4(), pselect(), ppoll()), I'm
| inclined to think that clonex() or clone_ext() is slighly better than
| clone3(). But, certainly, my arguments are not compelling.
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