Re: [Linux-ia64] /proc/pid/mem and stack variables

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2001-01-13 13:29:33
>>>>> On Fri, 12 Jan 2001 13:45:10 -0500, Pete Wyckoff <> said:

  Pete> said:
  >> I have recompiled the library on IA64 under 2.4.0-test12 and
  >> using version 2.9-ia64-000216-final. The library works OK except
  >> when the address it tries to access via /proc/pid/mem refers to
  >> variables allocated on stack (e.g. local arrays defined in
  >> functions).
  >> This is a snippet of code used to access memory via
  >> /proc/pid/mem:
  >> void mem_read (int fd, void *buf, void *addr, size_t len) {
  >> if (lseek (fd, (off_t)addr, SEEK_SET) == (off_t)-1) perror
  >> ("lseek"); read (fd, buf, len);
  >> lseek in this code fails (EINVAL) always when addr is address of
  >> a variable allocated on stack.

  Pete> Try removing the "offset >= 0" check in default_llseek in
  Pete> fs/read_write.c.  Stack pages seem to have the high bit set
  Pete> which is flummoxing that test.

  Pete> If you keep this "solution" you may want to write an llseek
  Pete> function for /proc/pid/mem so that the entire kernel doesn't
  Pete> suffer any unforseen consequences.

Yes, implementing llseek for fs/proc/base.c:proc_mem_operations is the
right solution.  /dev/kmem already has its own llseek (which treats
the offset as unsigned) but, for some reason, was left out of the
/proc/pid/mem support.

Don, can you add this to the TODO list so we won't forget about it?


Received on Fri Jan 12 18:32:29 2001

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