Re: [RFC][v8][PATCH 10/10]: Document clone3() syscall

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Hi!

> This gives a brief overview of the clone3() system call.  We should

Thanks!

> eventually describe more details in existing clone(2) man page or in
> a new man page.

M. Kerrisk (see MAINTAINERS) maintains man pages...

> Changelog[v8]:
> 	- clone2() is already in use in IA64. Rename syscall to clone3()
...
> Index: linux-2.6/Documentation/clone2
> ===================================================================
> --- /dev/null	1970-01-01 00:00:00.000000000 +0000
> +++ linux-2.6/Documentation/clone2	2009-10-12 19:54:38.000000000 -0700

clone3?

> +struct clone_struct {
> +	u64 flags;
> +	u64 child_stack;

u64 seems wrong  on 32 bit platforms. ulong?

> +	u32 nr_pids;

So nr_pids is either 1 or 2?

> +	u32 reserved1;
> +	u64 parent_tid;
> +	u64 child_tid;
> +	u64 reserved2;
> +};
> +


> +	See CLONE_NEWPID section of clone(2) man page for details about pid
> +	namespaces.
> +
> +	The order pids in @pids corresponds to the nesting order of pid-
> +	namespaces, with @pids[0] corresponding to the init_pid_ns.

Ok, so I'm confused.

> +	If a pid in the @pids list is 0, the kernel will assign the next
> +	available pid in the pid namespace, for the process.
> +
> +	If a pid in the @pids list is non-zero, the kernel tries to assign
> +	the specified pid in that namespace.  If that pid is already in use
> +	by another process, the system call fails with -EBUSY.
...
> +	On failure, clone3() returns -1 and sets 'errno' to one of following
> +	values (the child process is not created).

Inconsistent with above. Syscalls really return -ERRCODE, errno is
glibc magic.

> +Example:
> +
> +	pid_t pids[] = { 77, 99 };
> +	struct clone_struct cs;
> +
> +	cs.flags = (u64) SIGCHLD;
> +	cs.child_stack = (u64) setup_child_stack();
> +	cs.nr_pids = 2;
> +	cs.parent_tid = 0LL;
> +	cs.child_tid = 0LL;
> +
> +	rc = syscall(__NR_clone3, &cs, pids);

Hmm, is there reason why pids are not at the end of struct
clone_struct? Passing most parameters in special structure, then pids
separately is strange...

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