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From: Andrew Morton <>
To: Alexey Dobriyan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] proc: restore seekdir("/proc", 256) semantics
Date: Tue, 1 May 2018 15:23:07 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20180423215009.GE9043@avx2>

On Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:50:09 +0300 Alexey Dobriyan <> wrote:

> Long time ago "/proc/self" was an honest symlink and all not-PID entries
> were output before /proc/$PID. To not lose /proc/self in readdir output
> after it became permanently positive dentry it was stuck before /proc/1.
> One side effect of the change was that the code
> 	d = opendir("/proc");
> 	seekdir(d, 256);
> stopped pointing to the first PID for applications that want to skip all
> the crap.
> Later "/proc/thread-self" was added in the same way.
> It looks like ps and top aren't seeking over /proc but are simply
> skipping over so nobody noticed.
> Restore old behaviour, make seekdir(254) point to /proc/self and
> seekdir(255) point to /proc/thread-self.

Gee.  Why?  That's a pretty weird artifact in the userspace API and if
we were able to withdraw it without damage then good, let's leave it

I mean, if we're to make this a permanent part of the userspace API
then it should be documented in the proc(5) manpage and we should have
something in tools/testing/selftests to detect regressions in the
interface.  Good luck with all that!

  reply	other threads:[~2018-05-01 22:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-04-23 21:50 Alexey Dobriyan
2018-05-01 22:23 ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2018-05-03 17:13   ` Alexey Dobriyan
2018-05-02 19:10 ` Pavel Machek

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