Question on "mappings as cache"

Hermann Härtig haertig at
Mon Dec 8 17:39:09 CET 2003

Jonathan S. Shapiro wrote:

 > This makes sense to me, but it also seems to me that if A is a process
 > implementing the file server, and B has memory mapped a file from A,
 > then the current design requires Pb to act as an intermediary --
 > primarily for the purpose of normalizing file offsets and doing a little
 > bit of protocol translation.
 > Further, it seems to me that there is an interesting problem of
 > deceiting here, since the file server may not know that Pb and B are
 > equivalent for access control purposes.
 > Am I missing something that simplifies this scenario?

That is a result of using thread ids for identification of senders which 
I consider a bad idea.
If we need indeed (which I tend to believe) sender identification, the 
id space should be designed such that ids can be managed in user space 
and enforced by the kernel, i.e. Pb and the file server should be 
enabled to act under the same sender id.


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