[Xcb] [PATCH] Add support for the abstract socket namespace under Linux

Adam Jackson ajax at redhat.com
Tue Sep 9 12:21:51 PDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-09-09 at 11:05 -0700, Barton C Massey wrote:
> Gah.  I'd never heard of abstract sockets before.  What an
> unspeakably ugly API.  Why in the name of all that is good
> and pure couldn't the designers just have used an address
> family to distinguish these, rather than the horrible,
> horrible "zero followed by bytes" kludge?  It's not super
> obvious to me that the whole thing is a good idea anyway---I
> consider the lack of entries in the namespace for other
> kinds of sockets to be a bug, not a feature.

The main advantages are that they work without needing access to /tmp -
which is useful for per-user /tmp among other things - and they
garbage-collect themselves when the machine reboots unexpectedly.

- ajax
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