[PATCH v4 2/5] pid: Add PIDFD_IOCTL_GETFD to fetch file descriptors from processes

Christian Brauner christian.brauner at ubuntu.com
Thu Dec 19 10:35:26 UTC 2019

On Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 09:03:09AM +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 12:55 AM Sargun Dhillon <sargun at sargun.me> wrote:
> > +#define PIDFD_IOCTL_GETFD      _IOWR('p', 0xb0, __u32)
> This describes an ioctl command that reads and writes a __u32 variable
> using a pointer passed as the argument, which doesn't match the
> implementation:
> > +static long pidfd_getfd(struct pid *pid, u32 fd)
> > +{
> ...
> > +       return retfd;
> This function passes an fd as the argument and returns a new
> fd, so the command number would be
> #define PIDFD_IOCTL_GETFD      _IO('p', 0xb0)
> While this implementation looks easy enough, and it is roughly what
> I would do in case of a system call, I would recommend for an ioctl

I guess this is the remaining question we should settle, i.e. what do we
I still think that adding a new syscall for this seems a bit rich. On
the other hand it seems that a lot more people agree that using a
dedicated syscall instead of an ioctl is the correct way; especially
when it touches core kernel functionality. I mean that was one of the
takeaways from the pidfd API ioctl-vs-syscall discussion.

A syscall is nicer especially for core-kernel code like this.
So I guess the only way to find out is to try the syscall approach and
either get yelled and switch to an ioctl() or have it accepted.

What does everyone else think? Arnd, still in favor of a syscall I take
it. Oleg, you had suggested a syscall too, right? Florian, any
thoughts/worries on/about this from the glibc side?


More information about the Containers mailing list