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SubjectRe: [BUG] rename() from outside of the target dir breaks /proc exe symlink.
Hi Al,

On 12/27/2014 07:14 PM, Al Viro wrote:
> That's because it never _had_ worked. Note that opening the damn thing
> will give the right file - it does not work by traversing the result of
> readlink(2). readlink(2) output on those is not promised to be useful
> in all cases; often enough it is, but it won't work on cross-directory
> renames, it can't be used to tell a filename that really ends with " (deleted)"
> from a removed file, etc. Moreover, it only very recently became usable for
> victim names with the last component longer than 40 characters if you did an
> overwriting rename.
>
> What are you trying to use it for?

I am using it to track the origin of running processes. I am working
with continuous integration of a Linux embedded software. The tests goes
in Linux containers, multiple instances of binary with the same name in
a single container/namespace, all with cwd symlink pointing to / which
looks from outside virtually the same, the binaries are modified at
runtime by coping, modifing and replacing for another execution of the
same binary (using patchelf to add additional NEEDED to header or change
rpath or dynamic loader and such).

In my very usecase, the exe symlink is essential.

-- Piotr.


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