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Re: Friendlier EPERM - Request for input (Eric W. Biederman) writes:

> Carlos O'Donell <> writes:
>> On 01/09/2013 04:09 PM, Eric Paris wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2013-01-09 at 21:59 +0100, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Jan 09, 2013 at 12:53:40PM -0800, Casey Schaufler wrote:
>>>>> I'm suggesting that the string returned by get_extended_error_info()
>>>>> ought to be the audit record the system call would generate, regardless
>>>>> of whether the audit system would emit it or not.
>>>> What system call would that info be for and would it be reset on next
>>>> syscall that succeeded, or also failed?
>>>> The thing is, various functions e.g. perform some syscall, save errno, do
>>>> some other syscall, and if they decide that the first syscall should be what
>>>> determines the whole function's errno, just restore errno from the saved
>>>> value and return.  Similarly, various functions just set errno upon
>>>> detecting some error condition in userspace.
>>>> There is no 1:1 mapping between many libc library calls and syscalls.
>>>> So, when would it be safe to call this new get_extended_error_info function
>>>> and how to determine to which syscall it was relevant?
>> I asked the same questions as Jakub asked but in a slightly different
>> formulation (
>>> I was thinking of it to be the last kernel error.  So if the first and
>>> that second operation caused the kernel to want to make available
>>> extended errno information you would end up with the second.  I see this
>>> is an informative piece of information, not normative.  Not a
>>> replacement for errno.  I'm hoping for a best effort way to provide
>>> extended errno information.
>> IMO Casey's answer is the right solution i.e. whatever the errno
>> behaviour was.
> Let me propose a different mechanism for getting this to user space
> that gives you a save/restore ability.
> When a system call returns with an error we return the error code
> in one register and leave the rest of the registers that calling
> conventions allow us to stomp unchanged.
> On i386 (probabaly our most constraint architecture) that gives us
> 4 32bit registers or 16 bytes/characters to play with.
> Returning either an exteneded error number or a short
> string in those extra bytes should be very doable, and largely
> backwards compatible.
> Then in userspace for those applications who care you can
> have a "struct exteneded_error" that holds the extra information.
> To use that information I expect you want something like:
> char *explain_error(int (*failed_func)(...), int errno, struct extended_error *error);

Hmm.  It seems it seems someone else has already written libexplain.

Certainly I would suggest starting there for better explanaitions of why
things fail.

If you want good error messages certainly some amount of help from user
space appears necessary.


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