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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/1] devpts: use dynamic_dname() to generate proc name
On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 11:48:48AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM, Linus Torvalds
> <> wrote:
> >
> > Hardcoding "/dev/pts/%d" is something that user space can already do.
> > The kernel can and should do better.
> Put another way: there's no point in applying the patch as-is, since
> existing glibc ptsname() does the same thing better and faster
> entirely in user space.

Right. I actually took that to be an argument for this patch not against it. :)
Another point I was trying to make in my initial mail is that ttyname{_r}() will
currently look at "/proc/self/fd/<nr> to detect the name of the associated pts
device and it will error out if the content it reads is not a "/dev/pts/<n>"
path. Afaict musl and glibc both currently rely on this. This would be broken
with the current TIOCGPTPEER change.

> Also, we already do special things to get a path for this, but it
> clearly isn't working. See the
> /* We need to cache a fake path for TIOCGPTPEER. */
> comment in ptmx_open(). Why doesn't the file d_path get filled in
> correctly there, I wonder.
> Because The regular
> readlink("/proc/self/fd/0", ...)
> that 'tty' does works correctly. I think we've done something
> incorrect in pty_open_peer(), which means that the fd path hasn't been
> fully filled in.
> Fixing that *should* fix the readlink() automatically, since it
> clearly works for the 'tty' binary.
> I'm wondering why it's not working as-is. "vfs_open()" does that
> file->f_path = *path;
> thing. Why aren't we getting the right path? The ptmx_open() code
> looks ok to me.

I thought - and sorry if I'm completely wrong here - that the proc name came
from the open(const char *pathname, ...) call. Currently the only way to
retrieve a slave side fd for a given pty pair is by calling open("/dev/pts/<n>",
O_RDWR | O_NOCTTY). This would take care of placing the correct path in the proc
symlink through do_filp_open() and friends. However, for ioctl() calls that open
dentries to return an fd this is not possible and - or so I thought - the proc
name is/has to be generated via dynamic_dname(). But again, I might be totally
off here.


> Al, do you see what the issue is, and why we don't get a proper path
> on that readlink?
> Linus

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