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SubjectRe: Implement close-on-fork
On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 08:18:15AM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 04:01:07PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 02:15:44AM -0500, Nate Karstens wrote:
> > > Series of 4 patches to implement close-on-fork. Tests have been
> > > published to https://github.com/nkarstens/ltp/tree/close-on-fork.
> > >
> > > close-on-fork addresses race conditions in system(), which
> > > (depending on the implementation) is non-atomic in that it
> > > first calls a fork() and then an exec().
> > >
> > > This functionality was approved by the Austin Common Standards
> > > Revision Group for inclusion in the next revision of the POSIX
> > > standard (see issue 1318 in the Austin Group Defect Tracker).
> >
> > What exactly the reasons are and why would we want to implement that?
> >
> > Pardon me, but going by the previous history, "The Austin Group Says It's
> > Good" is more of a source of concern regarding the merits, general sanity
> > and, most of all, good taste of a proposal.
> >
> > I'm not saying that it's automatically bad, but you'll have to go much
> > deeper into the rationale of that change before your proposal is taken
> > seriously.
>
> https://www.mail-archive.com/austin-group-l@opengroup.org/msg05324.html
> might be useful

*snort*

Alan Coopersmith in that thread:
|| https://lwn.net/Articles/785430/ suggests AIX, BSD, & MacOS have also defined
|| it, and though it's been proposed multiple times for Linux, never adopted there.

Now, look at the article in question. You'll see that it should've been
"someone's posting in the end of comments thread under LWN article says that
apparently it exists on AIX, BSD, ..."

The strength of evidence aside, that got me curious; I have checked the
source of FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD. No such thing exists in either of
their kernels, so at least that part can be considered an urban legend.

As for the original problem... what kind of exclusion is used between
the reaction to netlink notifications (including closing every socket,
etc.) and actual IO done on those sockets?

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