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SubjectRe: [patch] pipe: add support for shrinking and growing pipes
On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM, Jens Axboe <> wrote:
>> The "at least" idea makes sense. So, I'd change my recommendation to:
>> Pass the buffer size in and out in bytes (for consistency with other
>> APIs). Round the input (F_SETPIPE_SZ) value up as required by the
>> implementation. For the output (F_GETPIPE_SZ) value do one of the
>> following:
>> a) Return the value given on input.
>> b) Return the rounded up value actually used by the kernel.
>> I suspect (b) might be more useful: if an application cares enough
>> about pipe size to want to change it, then at least some such
>> applications might care to know exactly the size that the kernel used.
>> (And: I can't see any downside to (b).)
> b definitely, since it's the real size (plus then we don't have to track
> the passed in size).


>> One other comment about the interface. We have
>>                 if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN) && arg > pipe_max_pages)
>>                         return -EINVAL;
>> The usual error on a capability denied is EPERM. Please change.
> Right, that looks like a thinko.
> I'll submit a patch changing it to bytes and the agreed API and fix this
> -Eerror. Thanks for your comments and suggestions!

Thanks. And of course you are welcome. (Please CC linux-api@vger on
this patche (and all patches that change the API/ABI.)



Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer;
Author of "The Linux Programming Interface"
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