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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 8/9] vfs: Implement generic revoked file operations
Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> >> revoked_file_ops return 0 from reads (aka EOF). Tell poll the file is
> >> always ready for I/O and return -EIO from all other operations.
> >
> > I think read should return -EIO too. If a program is reading from a
> > /proc file (say), and the thing it's reading suddenly disappears, EOF
> > gives the false impression that it's read to the end of formatted data
> > from that file and it can process the data as if it's complete, which
> > is wrong.
> Good point EIO is the current read return value for a removed proc file.
> For closed pipes, and hung up ttys the read return value is 0, and from
> my reading that is what bsd returns after a sys_revoke.

A few suggestions below. Feel free to ignore them on account of the
basic revoking functionality being more important :-)

I'm not sure a revoked pipe should look like a normally closed one.

For hung up ttys, I agree. But where's the SIGHUP :-) You probably do
want the process using it to die if it's not handling SIGHUP, because
terminal-using processes don't always terminate themselves on EOF.

For things writing to a pipe or file, SIGPIPE may be appropriate in
addition to EIO, to avoid runaway processes. Looks odd I know. For
writing to a terminal, SIGHUP again.

> The reason I have f_op settable is because I never expected complete
> agreement on the return codes, and because it makes auditing and spotting
> this kind of thing easier.
> I guess I should make two variations on revoked_file_ops then. Say
> eof_file_ops, eio_file_ops. Identical except for their treatment of
> reads.

Fair enough. It's good to have good defaults. I'm not convinced
eof_file_ops is ever a good default. sighup_file_ops and
sigpipe_file_ops maybe :-)

-- Jamie

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