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SubjectRe: RFC: on adding new CLONE_* flags [WAS Re: [PATCH 0/4] clone: add CLONE_PIDFD]
On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 02:03:16PM +0200, Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult wrote:
> On 16.04.19 23:31, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>
> >> How exactly would the pidfd improve this scenario ?
> >> IMHO, would just need to pass the inherited fd's to that daemon (eg.
> >> via unix socket) which then sets them up in the new child process.
> >
> > It makes it easier to wait until the privileged program exits.
> > Without pidfd, you can't just wait(2) because the program that gets
> > spawned isn't a child.
>
> Ah, that is a cool thing !
> I suppose that also works across namespaces ?

Yes, it should. If you hand off the pidfd to another pidns (e.g. via SCM
credentials) for example.

>
> What other things can be done via pidfd ?

Very basic things right now and until CLONE_PIDFD is accepted (possibly
for 5.2) we won't enable any more features.
I'm not a fan of wild speculations and grand schemes that then don't
come to fruition. :) Right now it's about focussing on somewhat cleanly
covering the basics. Coming to a consensus there was hard enough. We
have no intention in making this more complex right now as it needs to
be.

Christian

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