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Re: [PATCH] unshare: Cleanup up the sys_unshare interface before we are committed.

From:  Andrew Morton <>
To: (Eric W. Biederman)
Subject:  Re: [PATCH] unshare: Cleanup up the sys_unshare interface before we are committed.
Date:  Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:19:27 -0800
Archive-link:  Article, Thread (Eric W. Biederman) wrote:
> Linus Torvalds <> writes:
> > On Thu, 16 Mar 2006, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >> 
> >> iirc there was some discussion about this and it was explicitly decided to
> >> keep the CLONE flags.
> >> 
> >> Maybe Janak or Linus can comment?
> >
> > My personal opinion is that having a different set of flags is more 
> > confusing and likely to result in problems later than having the same 
> > ones. Regardless, I'm not touching this for 2.6.16 any more, 
> I am actually a lot more concerned with the fact that we don't test
> for invalid bits.  So we have an ABI that will change in the future,
> and that doesn't allow us to have a program that runs on old and new
> kernels.

The risk of breaking things is small - it would require someone to write a
sys_unshare-using app which a) they care about and b) has a particular bug
in it.  But yes, we should check.

> I guess I can resend some version of my patch after 2.6.16 is out and
> break the ABI for the undefined bits then.  Correct programs shouldn't
> care.  But it sure would be nice if they could care.

Your single patch did two different things - there's a lesson here ;)

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