Re: [RFC, PATCH 1/3] introduce SYS_CLONE_MASK

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On 5/29/07, Eric W. Biederman <[email protected]> wrote:
"Albert Cahalan" <[email protected]> writes:
> Jan Engelhardt writes:
-    if(self_pid==1 && ADOPTED(processes[i]) && forest_type!='u')
+    if(ADOPTED(processes[i]) && forest_type!='u')
That's not compatible because init's children are now in the
logical place. Since the days of procps-1.x.x or earlier,
such processes have been listed at top level.

BTW, what does "ps -ejH" do for you, with and without the patch?
ps -ejH displays everything.
That's not what I mean. (the "-e" causes that of course)
I'm asking about the parent-child relationships shown.
The "-H" option is a bit different from the "f" option.

I'd be a lot happier about breaking compatibility in this area
if I could get a functional adoption flag. That is, I really
would like to show a process as child of init if it naturally
was created as a child of init. It's less informative to have
fake children showing up the same as real ones. The original
parent PID would do. (BTW, the original parent name and/or
grandparent PID would be great to have) As a bonus, the kernel
could reap these processes more quickly than init can... and
then maybe we can stop caring if init is alive.
Having the kernel not reparent user processes to init is an interesting
idea, especially when those processes have not existed.  I'm not
certain that is POSIX complaint and otherwise backwards compatible.
I'm not suggesting that this be visible via POSIX APIs.

It's almost certainly a given that getppid() must return 1, and
probably /proc needs to show this as well. Without question,
any process created by init must be reaped by init.

Processes NOT created by init could be silently reaped by
the kernel. They need to see their own PPID as 1, but there
need not be any parent-child relationship in the kernel data
structures. The kernel can fake the whole thing, which is nice
because then the kernel isn't depending on userspace to
correctly perform the pointless action of playing with zombies.
(might setting the death signal to 0 be useful here?)

For "ps fax" and such, I'd like to distinguish between init's
real and adopted children. Right now the adopted children
look like they were created by init, which is not true. I only
need a simple boolean flag, set upon reparenting, to tell me.
Such a flag may also be useful for optimizing away the whole
wait/waitpid/wait4/waitid/wait3 nonsense when an adopted
child dies.
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