[PATCH v5 0/4] vm: add a syscall to map a process memory into a pipe

Pavel Emelyanov xemul at virtuozzo.com
Wed Feb 28 07:12:55 UTC 2018


On 02/27/2018 05:18 AM, Dmitry V. Levin wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 12:02:25PM +0300, Pavel Emelyanov wrote:
>> On 02/21/2018 03:44 AM, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> On Tue,  9 Jan 2018 08:30:49 +0200 Mike Rapoport <rppt at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> This patches introduces new process_vmsplice system call that combines
>>>> functionality of process_vm_read and vmsplice.
>>>
>>> All seems fairly strightforward.  The big question is: do we know that
>>> people will actually use this, and get sufficient value from it to
>>> justify its addition?
>>
>> Yes, that's what bothers us a lot too :) I've tried to start with finding out if anyone 
>> used the sys_read/write_process_vm() calls, but failed :( Does anybody know how popular
>> these syscalls are?
> 
> Well, process_vm_readv itself is quite popular, it's used by debuggers nowadays,
> see e.g.
> $ strace -qq -esignal=none -eprocess_vm_readv strace -qq -o/dev/null cat /dev/null

I see. Well, yes, this use-case will not benefit much from remote splice. How about more
interactive debug by, say, gdb? It may attach, then splice all the memory, then analyze
the victim code/data w/o copying it to its address space?

-- Pavel


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