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SubjectRe: For review: seccomp_user_notif(2) manual page [v2]
Hi Tycho,

Thanks for getting back to me.

On Mon, 26 Oct 2020 at 14:54, Tycho Andersen <> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 10:55:04AM +0100, Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) wrote:
> > Hi all (and especially Tycho and Sargun),
> >
> > Following review comments on the first draft (thanks to Jann, Kees,
> > Christian and Tycho), I've made a lot of changes to this page.
> > I've also added a few FIXMEs relating to outstanding API issues.
> > I'd like a second pass review of the page before I release it.
> > But also, this mail serves as a way of noting the outstanding API
> > issues.
> >
> > Tycho: I still have an outstanding question for you at [2].
> > [2]
> I don't have that thread in my inbox any more, but I can reply here:
> no, I don't know any users of this info, but I also don't anticipate
> knowing how people will all use this feature :)

Yes, but my questions were:

[1] So, I think maybe I now understand what you intended with setting
POLLOUT: the notification has been received ("read") and now the
FD can be used to NOTIFY_SEND ("write") a response. Right?

[2] If that's correct, I don't have a problem with it. I just wonder:
is it useful? IOW: are there situations where the process doing the
NOTIFY_SEND might want to test for POLLOUT because the it doesn't
know whether a NOTIFY_RECV has occurred?

So, do I understand right in [1]? (The implication from your reply is
yes, but I want to be sure...)

For [2], my question was not about users, but *use cases*. The
question I asked myself is: why does the feature exist? Hence my
question [2] reworded: "when you designed this, did you have in mind
scenarios here the process doing the NOTIFY_SEND might need to test
for POLLOUT because it doesn't know whether a NOTIFY_RECV has



Michael Kerrisk
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