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SubjectRe: [PATCH] filp->f_pos not correctly updated in proc_task_readdir
On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 02:44:31PM +0800, Zhang Le wrote:
> filp->f_pos only get updated at the end of the function. Thus d_off of those
> dirents who are in the middle will be 0, and this will cause a problem in
> glibc's readdir implementation, specifically endless loop. Because when overflow
> occurs, f_pos will be set to next dirent to read, however it will be 0, unless
> the next one is the last one. So it will start over again and again.

Eh... Here's what's really going on:

proc_..._fill_cache() API is rather kludgy and far too convoluted. In
particular, it calls filldir() and passes file->f_pos to it, expecting
the caller to update file->f_pos between the calls. proc_task_readdir()
uses that sucker, but doesn't update ->f_pos until the very end. As
the result, d_off of direntries produced by it gets screwed.
Broken-by: commit 61a28784028e6d55755e4d0f39bee8d9bf2ee8d9
Author: Eric W. Biederman <>
Date: Mon Oct 2 02:18:49 2006 -0700

[PATCH] proc: Remove the hard coded inode numbers

Patch is fine, but I'd rather rip the layers of ..._fill_cache() abstractions
out and see what falls out. Anyway, for -rc your variant is definitely the
way to go.

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