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Date:   Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:45:37 +0200
From:   Florian Weimer <>
To:     Mike Kravetz <>,
Cc:,,, Michal Hocko <>,
        Andrea Arcangeli <>,
        "Kirill A . Shutemov" <>,
        Vlastimil Babka <>,
        Anshuman Khandual <>,
Subject: Re: [patch] mremap.2: Add description of old_size == 0 functionality

On 09/15/2017 11:53 PM, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> +If the value of \fIold_size\fP is zero, and \fIold_address\fP refers to
> +a private anonymous mapping, then
> +.BR mremap ()
> +will create a new mapping of the same pages. \fInew_size\fP
> +will be the size of the new mapping and the location of the new mapping
> +may be specified with \fInew_address\fP, see the description of
> +below.  If a new mapping is requested via this method, then the
> +flag must also be specified.  This functionality is deprecated, and no
> +new code should be written to use this feature.  A better method of
> +obtaining multiple mappings of the same private anonymous memory is via the
> +.BR memfd_create()
> +system call.

Is there any particular reason to deprecate this?

In glibc, we cannot use memfd_create and keep the file descriptor around 
because the application can close descriptors beneath us.

(We might want to use alias mappings to avoid run-time code generation 
for PLT-less LD_AUDIT interceptors.)


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