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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH] drop_pagecache syscall
On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 05:01, Andrea Righi wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:14:53AM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 11:35:27PM +0200, Andrea Righi wrote:
>> > This functionality can be used by all the applications that want to have a
>> > better control over the page cache management (for example to immediately drop
>> > pages that for sure will not be reused in the near future, without calling
>> > posix_fadvise() for all the files they've touched), or to provide a more fine
>> > grained debugging feature usable by the filesystem benchmarks.
>> >
>> > The system call does not require root privileges and it can be called by any
>> > unprivileged application. For example, we can write a userspace tool to run
>> > something like this:
>> >
>> >   $ drop-pagecache /path/file_or_dir
>>
>> That's a potential DOS vector, I think. Drop the pagecache in a hard
>> loop on the root fs of a busy server and watch it crawl...
>
> Yes, probably we could allow only the CAP_SYS_ADMIN tasks to execute
> this syscall.

if /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches has any checks other than file permission
checks (i.e. UID==0), it'd probably be better to copy those rather
than picking something different.
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