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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4] signal: add taskfd_send_signal() syscall
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* Christian Brauner:

> On Thu, Dec 06, 2018 at 01:30:19PM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
>> * Christian Brauner:
>>
>> > /* zombies */
>> > Zombies can be signaled just as any other process. No special error will be
>> > reported since a zombie state is an unreliable state (cf. [3]).
>>
>> I still disagree with this analysis. If I know that the target process
>> is still alive, and it is not, this is a persistent error condition
>> which can be reliably reported. Given that someone might send SIGKILL
>> to the process behind my back, detecting this error condition could be
>> useful.
>
> Apart from my objection that this is not actually a reliable state
> because of timing issues between e.g. calling wait and a process
> exiting

The point is that if you are in an error state, the error state does not
go away, *especially* if you do not expect the process to terminate and
have not arranged for something calling waitpid on the PID.

> I have two more concerns and one helpful suggestion.
> First, this is hooking pretty deep into kernel internals. So far
> EXIT_ZOMBIE is only exposed in kernel/exit.c and I don't see enough
> value to drag all of this into kernel/signal.c
> Second, all other signal syscalls don't do report errors when signaling
> to zombies as well.

They cannot do this reliably because the error state is not persistent:
the PID can be reused. So for the legacy interface, a difference in
error signaling would just have encouraged a bad programming model.

> It would be odd if this one suddenly did.

I don't think so. My point is that the FD-based mechanism finally
allows to cope with this in a reasonable way.

> Third, if this really becomes such a big issue for userspace in the
> future that we want to do that work then we can add a flag like
> TASKFD_DETECT_ZOMBIE (or some such name) that will allow userspace to
> get an error back when signaling a zombie.

I can live with that.

Thanks,
Florian

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