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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] mmap.2: MAP_FIXED updated documentation
On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 6:40 AM, Cyril Hrubis <> wrote:
> Hi!
>> You selected stupid name for a flag. Everyone and their dog agrees
>> with that. There's even consensus on better name (and everyone agrees
>> it is better than .._SAFE). Of course, we could have debate if it is
>> NOREPLACE or NOREMOVE or ... and that would be bikeshed. This was just
>> poor naming on your part.
> Well while everybody agrees that the name is so bad that basically
> anything else would be better, there does not seem to be consensus on
> which one to pick. I do understand that this frustrating and fruitless.

Based on the earlier threads where I tried to end the bikeshedding, it
seemed like MAP_FIXED_NOREPLACE was the least bad option.

> So what do we do now, roll a dice to choose new name?
> Or do we ask BFDL[1] to choose the name?

I'd like to hear feedback from Michael Kerrisk, as he's had to deal
with these kinds of choices in the past. I'm fine to ask Linus too. I
just want to get past the name since the feature is quite valuable.

And if Michal doesn't want to touch this patch any more, I'm happy to
do the search/replace/resend. :P


Kees Cook
Pixel Security

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