|Kay Sievers||Nov 16, 2010 7:46 am|
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|Kay Sievers||Nov 16, 2010 10:51 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 16, 2010 11:55 am|
|Kay Sievers||Nov 16, 2010 12:15 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 16, 2010 12:48 pm|
|Kay Sievers||Nov 16, 2010 1:28 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 16, 2010 1:35 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 16, 2010 1:42 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 16, 2010 2:51 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 16, 2010 2:55 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 16, 2010 2:58 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 16, 2010 3:04 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 16, 2010 3:10 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 16, 2010 3:18 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 16, 2010 3:45 pm|
|Etched Pixels||Nov 16, 2010 3:49 pm|
|John Stoffel||Nov 17, 2010 8:31 am|
|Vald...@vt.edu||Nov 17, 2010 2:00 pm|
|Kay Sievers||Nov 17, 2010 3:39 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 17, 2010 3:56 pm|
|Greg KH||Nov 17, 2010 5:27 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 17, 2010 5:48 pm|
|Greg KH||Nov 17, 2010 5:52 pm|
|Lennart Poettering||Nov 17, 2010 6:28 pm|
|Alan Cox||Nov 18, 2010 2:14 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Nov 18, 2010 2:59 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 18, 2010 3:23 am|
|Kay Sievers||Nov 18, 2010 3:54 am|
|Kay Sievers||Nov 18, 2010 4:03 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Nov 18, 2010 4:12 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 18, 2010 4:57 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 18, 2010 5:00 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Nov 18, 2010 5:13 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 18, 2010 6:41 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Nov 19, 2010 5:21 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 19, 2010 7:46 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Nov 19, 2010 9:06 am||.tiocgdev|
|Greg KH||Nov 19, 2010 10:02 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Nov 19, 2010 10:41 am|
|Alan Cox||Nov 20, 2010 4:39 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Dec 1, 2010 3:15 am|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Dec 1, 2010 4:31 am||.tiocgdev|
|Dr. Werner Fink||Dec 3, 2010 3:47 am||.Other|
|Subject:||Re: tty: add 'active' sysfs attribute to tty0 and console device|
|From:||Lennart Poettering (mzxr...@0pointer.de)|
|Date:||Nov 16, 2010 3:10:01 pm|
On Tue, 16.11.10 22:56, Alan Cox (al...@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk) wrote:
Sorry, the WAITEVENT stuff interface you created is unusably broken:
a) it's a sleeping ioctl which makes it unusable in anything but the most trivial applications, because most programs need to respond to more than once wakeup event. Of course, you can then introduce threads but that's horrible.
b) It loses events, because events that happen after you woke up and before you go back into WAITEVENT are completely lost. And those events might actually be relevant, since they might be the most recent events that happened. And those tend to be ones that matter.
So those are both trivial enough to fix as far as I can see but by the sound of it neither actually solve what you want to do.
Trivial enough to fix? No it isn't. We tried to come up with a sane fix for the current ioctl() iface, but it's not feasible. a) is unfixable anyway without some kind of additional fd, since the tty fd is not really something you want to overload with new POLLxxx events. For b) you either need a per-consumer queue, so that no events are lost. That is cumbersome, and would add a massive amount of code to the kernel. Or you need some kind of atomic extenstion a la "wait only if this information is still current". Which would work for our use case but still eat events that happen between the WAITEVENT calls. Or you would have to do this synchronous, which would basically allow userspace to block VT switches and the kernel indefinitely. Which is dangerous.
Kay's interface also drops events, but only historic events that happened but aren't current anymore. And that's a good thing, because when you track which VT is in the foreground for presentation, or for permission management purposes then you care little of who else should have had access in the past but didn't get it. You are only interested in the most recent update, which is what Kay's interface gives you.
No Kay's interface gives you some random reasonably recent answer that could well be wrong.
The POLLPRI bit is set until the moment you read the current VT value. Then it is atomically reset at the same time as your read(). At that time the VT info is up-to-date and the newest one. If it then changes again, the POLLPRI bit is set again, and the next time you call poll() you will be notified about that and wakeup right away. With other words: the moment you read the VT info from the kernel it is always the latest info available. And the POLLPRI makes sure that you will notice it isn't up-to-date the moment you enter poll() again. Race-free.
Kay's interface is not intended to be useful for logging purposes. It is useful to track VT changes for service activation, for permission management.
You wish to do permission management based upon stale unlocked data, yeah that sounds about the standard of some of the current shipping desktops.
What matters is that we fix the perms before we inform clients about the VT switches. It does not matter that change the perms before the kernel officially went through with the VT switch. Or in other words: delivery of notification about VT switches can be done asynchronously between the kernel and the perm manager. But from the perm manager to the services we need synchronous notification. (Or, alternatively, they just use inotify on the device nodes, which in fact many already do).
Well, the suff it provides is purely informational. You cannot actually influence the TTY in anyway, you can just watch which VT is currently active.
Try that with "keystrokes" for example. its a bogus argument.
Jeez. Kay's interface does not expose keystrokes. Just a simple integer which tells yu which VT is current.
events. And voila, you'll have created Kay's interface.
Which also doesn't work reliably and you want to use it for permissions management !
Describe this permission management you are doing please.
When two users A and B are logged in, on tty1 resp. tty2, then as long as tty1 is active user A should get access to the sound card, usb key, .... As soon as we switch to tty2 user B should.
-- Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.