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Re: [RFC PATCH] glibc: Perform rseq(2) registration at nptl init and thread creation

----- On Sep 19, 2018, at 1:10 PM, Joseph Myers wrote:

> On Wed, 19 Sep 2018, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
>> > This looks like it's coming from the Linux kernel.  Can't the relevant
>> > uapi header just be used directly without copying into glibc (with due
>> > care to ensure that glibc still builds if the kernel headers used for the
>> > build are too old - you need such conditionals anyway if they don't define
>> > the relevant syscall number)?
>> This is indeed in the list of "things to consider" I've put in the patch
>> commit message. If the usual practice is to build against uapi kernel headers
>> outside of the glibc tree, I'm fine with that.
> We build with, currently, 3.2 or later headers (since 3.2 is EOL there's a
> case for updating the minimum in glibc for both compile time and runtime,
> but I haven't proposed that since there isn't much cleanup that would
> enable and there's the open question of Carlos's proposal to eliminate the
> runtime check on the kernel version and just let things try to run anyway
> even if it's older than the configured minimum).

Are you saying glibc has an explicit check for the kernel version visible
from /proc before using specific features ? If so, how can this work with
the variety of feature backports we find in the distribution kernels out
there ?

Checking whether specific system calls return ENOSYS errors seems more

> Functions depending on
> new syscalls may return ENOSYS errors if the headers used to build glibc
> were too old.  Since this patch is providing a data interface rather than
> functions that can set errno to ENOSYS, presumably you have some other way
> of signalling unavailability which would apply both with a too-old kernel
> at runtime and too-old headers at compile time.

For too-old kernel at runtime, having rseq registration return ENOSYS
leaves the the content of __rseq_abi->cpu_id at its initial value

For too-old headers at compile time, one possibility is that we don't event
expose the __rseq_abi TLS symbol. OTOH, if we need to keep exposing it anyway
for ABI consistency purposes, then we'd leave its cpu_id field at the initial
value (-1). But that would require that we copy linux/rseq.h into the glibc
source tree.

Thoughts ?



> --
> Joseph S. Myers

Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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