Re: [patch] Fix handling of overlength pathname in AF_UNIX sun_path

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On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM, David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: "Carlos O'Donell" <carlos@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:57:58 -0400
>
>> In summary your opinion is that the API has and always will allow up
>> to 108 chars to be used in sun_path?
>
> Yes.
>
>> In which case I will talk to the Austin group to get a good example
>> added to POSIX showing safe usage.
>
> Why would you add language to POSIX for Linux specific behavior?
> Just curious :-)

Why not? Do you ever feel crazy when people question what you think is
perfectly reasonable? ;-)

POSIX doesn't exist in a vacuum, we need to harmonize reality with the
standard. If an implementation exists where sun_path has no
null-terminator then it is useful to have POSIX clarify that
null-termination is implementation defined behaviour, just like it
says that sun_path's length undefined. Under "Application Usage" or
"Examples" it's valid to talk about specific implementations.

See: http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007904975/basedefs/sys/un.h.html,
where it talks about BSD in the "Application Usage." It's about time
we some "Linux this" and "Linux that" in there.

Cheers,
Carlos.
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