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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/2] signal: add procfd_signal() syscall
Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io> writes:

> On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:59:24AM -0800, Daniel Colascione wrote:
>> You never addressed my comment on the previous patch about your use of
>
> Sorry, that thread exploded so quickly that I might have missed it.
>
>> private_data here. Why can't you use the struct pid reference that's
>> already in the inode?
>
> If that's what people prefer we can probably use that. There was
> precedent for stashing away such data in fs/proc/base.c already for
> various other things including user namespaces and struct mm so I
> followed this model. A prior version of my patch (I didn't send out) did
> retrive the inode via proc_pid() in .open() took an additional reference
> via get_pid() and dropped it in .release(). Do we prefer that?

If you are using proc/<pid>/ directories as your file descriptors, you
don't need to add an open or a release method at all. The existing file
descriptors hold a reference to the inode which holds a reference the
the struct pid.

The only time you need to get a reference is when you need a task
and kill_pid_info already performs that work for you.

So using proc_pid is all you need to do to get the pid from the existing
file descriptors.

Eric

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