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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/4] mm: introduce external memory hinting API
On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 11:42:57AM +0100, Christian Brauner wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 11:47:11AM +0300, Kirill Tkhai wrote:

< snip >

> > > +SYSCALL_DEFINE5(process_madvise, int, pidfd, unsigned long, start,
> > > + size_t, len_in, int, behavior, unsigned long, flags)
> >
> > I don't like the interface. The fact we have pidfd does not mean,
> > we have to use it for new syscalls always. A user may want to set
> > madvise for specific pid from console and pass pid as argument.
> > pidfd would be an overkill in this case.
> > We usually call "kill -9 pid" from console. Why shouldn't process_madvise()
> > allow this?
> >
> > I suggent to extend first argument to work with both pid and pidfd.
> > Look at what we have for waitid(idtype, id_t id, ...) for example:
> >
> > idtype == P_PID
> > Wait for the child whose process ID matches id.
> >
> > idtype == P_PIDFD (since Linux 5.4)
> > Wait for the child referred to by the PID file descriptor specified in id. (See pidfd_open(2) for further information on
> > PID file descriptors.)
> >
> > We may use @flags argument for this.
>
> Sorry for chiming in just a comment. Overall, I don't particularly care
> how or if you integrate pidfd here. One thing I would like to point out
> is that we're working on a patch to place new features under pidfd
> specific flags. This e.g. means a pidfd would be only be able to be used
> for madvise operations (or getfd operations) if it was created with that
> specific flag set making it easier to share them with other processes.
> So if you integrate them here I would be quite thankful if you target
> the patchset for the v5.7 merge window, not for v5.6.

Hi Christian,
Sorry but I couldn't understand your point.
Could you clarify what you meant?

Thanks.

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