[PATCH 19/20] Changes to show virtual ids to user

Serge E. Hallyn serue at us.ibm.com
Thu Aug 16 05:13:54 PDT 2007

Quoting Andrew Morton (akpm at linux-foundation.org):
> On Fri, 10 Aug 2007 15:48:28 +0400
> xemul at openvz.org wrote:
> > This is the largest patch in the set. Make all (I hope) the places where
> > the pid is shown to or get from user operate on the virtual pids.
> > 
> > The idea is:
> >  - all in-kernel data structures must store either struct pid itself
> >    or the pid's global nr, obtained with pid_nr() call;
> >  - when seeking the task from kernel code with the stored id one
> >    should use find_task_by_pid() call that works with global pids;
> >  - when showing pid's numerical value to the user the virtual one
> >    should be used, but however when one shows task's pid outside this
> >    task's namespace the global one is to be used;
> >  - when getting the pid from userspace one need to consider this as
> >    the virtual one and use appropriate task/pid-searching functions.
> > 
> > ...
> >
> > -	si.si_pid = current->pid;
> > +	si.si_pid = task_pid_vnr(current);
> This is going to be an ongoing maintenance problem: people will sneak
> new references to current->pid into the tree and nobody will notice.
> It'd be best to rename task_struct.pid to something else to catch such
> problems and to force people to use the right accessors.  Is that feasible?

It's certainly feasible, and something we'd previously done for instance
in http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=113751118609597&w=2

> Generally this is a tactic which should be used whenever things like this
> are virtualised.

Ok, it's a big invasive patchset, but there's no reason we can't do it.


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