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* Daniel Colascione:

> On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 12:17 AM, Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu> wrote:
>>
>> On Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 07:55:30AM +0100, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
>> > [1] https://sourceware.org/
>>
>>
>> Bah, after all, this
>>
>> wipes quite a bit of the shame I feel every time I do something to
>>
>> bypass it :-/
>>
>>
>> The sad thing is that the energy wasted arguing in the bug above could
>>
>> have been better spent designing and implementing a generic solution
>>
>> to expose syscalls without depending on glibc's politics anymore.
>>
>>
>> Willy
>>
>> bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=6399 is a
>> > longstanding example.
>>
>> This one was a sad read and shows that applications will continue to
>> suffer from glibc's prehistorical view on operating systems
>
> Yes. I'm really not sure what glibc's current policies are meant to
> accomplish. They don't serve any useful purpose. There seems to be
> this weird subtext that glibc has leverage to change OS design, and it
> really doesn't. It's a misplaced idealism and ends up just hurting
> everyone.

I'm not sure what this comment tries to accomplish.

glibc tries to serve many masters: Current and past Linux kernel
interfaces, current Hurd kernel interfaces, different versions of POSIX
and C (and even C++), current C/C++ programming practice, historic C
programming practice, current and historic Linux userspace programming,
various platform ABIs, just to name a few.

These requirements are often in conflict.

>> Seeing comments suggesting an application should open
>> /proc/$PID makes me really wonder if people actually want to use slow
>> and insecure applications designed this way.
>
> That's a separate point. Yes, gettid should have a wrapper, but *also*
> we should have an FD-based interface to processes, because outside
> specialized contexts (e.g., parent-child waiting), the traditional
> Unix process API really is impossible to use safely. But that's a
> separate ongoing discussion.

A descriptor-based API would not help glibc that much because there is
an expectation encoded into many C programs that the C library does not
keep permanently open descriptors for its own internal use.

Thanks,
Florian

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