[systemd-devel] [RFC PATCH] journal: pass uid.gid in the stream header

Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek zbyszek at in.waw.pl
Mon Jan 5 06:02:00 PST 2015

On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 at 02:24:35PM +0100, Tomasz Torcz wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 at 02:12:45PM +0100, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> > On Thu, 01.01.15 04:40, Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek (zbyszek at in.waw.pl) wrote:
> > 
> > Sounds generally OK.
> > 
> > > A disadvantage of the solution implemented here, otoh, is that both
> > > systemd and journald must be restarted for it to take effect.
> > 
> > This is something I am concerned about. This will break updates, as
> > restarting journald is something we cannot really do without losing
> > stdout/stderr of most running services. This means restarting journald
> > doesn't really work, but then we couldn't reexec PID1 either on
> > updates... Grrr...
>   Maybe journald needs some serialization around restarts?  Remember
> all the fds, re-exec new journald, sd_notify() new MAINPID to PID1,
> restore fds?  But I'm not sure if it's doable in Linux (but CRIU
> allegely restores fds).
CRIU would not work here, because it requires both sides of the pipe
to be serialized/de-serialized together. Our problem is not on the
journald side, but on side of the clients, which cannot write to their
end of the pipe.

What we can do instead is to implement daemon-reexec equivalent for
journald. It would simply reexec itself to a new binary and pass all
the fds. Some serialization/de-serialization protocol would be necessary
to pass information about those stdout connections (whatever is given
in the header currently), but this shouldn't be too hard.


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