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SubjectRe: [PATCH AUTOSEL 4.9 20/87] fs: Make splice() and tee() take into account O_NONBLOCK flag on pipes
On Thu, 28 Mar 2019 15:37:49 +0000
Slavomir Kaslev <kaslevs@vmware.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 2019-03-27 at 14:19 -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
> > From: Slavomir Kaslev <kaslevs@vmware.com>
> >
> > [ Upstream commit ee5e001196d1345b8fee25925ff5f1d67936081e ]
> >
> > The current implementation of splice() and tee() ignores O_NONBLOCK
> > set
> > on pipe file descriptors and checks only the SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK flag
> > for
> > blocking on pipe arguments. This is inconsistent since splice()-ing
> > from/to non-pipe file descriptors does take O_NONBLOCK into
> > consideration.
> >
> > Fix this by promoting O_NONBLOCK, when set on a pipe, to
> > SPLICE_F_NONBLOCK.
>
> Hey Sasha,
>
> I don't think that this patch should be merged to stable kernels. It's
> more of a feature rather than a bug/regression fix and it changes how
> splice() has been working from day one.
>
> Can you please drop it from the stable queues?
>

On the other hand, it keeps stable more in sync with what mainline has.
If someone writes new code against a stable release, and depends on
this behavior, it's less likely to break when they run it on a newer
kernel. Which means its less likely that Linus will revert your
change ;-)

-- Steve

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