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Date:   Sun, 31 Oct 2021 10:50:04 +0000
From:   Eric Wong <>
To:     Sargun Dhillon <>
        Willem de Bruijn <>
Subject: Re: epoll may leak events on dup

Sargun Dhillon <> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 31, 2021 at 07:39:23AM +0000, Eric Wong wrote:
> > CRIU?  Checkpoint/Restore In Userspace?
> > Sargun Dhillon <> wrote:
> > 
> Right, in CRIU, epoll is restored by manually cloning the FDs to the
> right spot, and re-installing the events into epoll. This requires:
> 0. Getting the original epoll FD
> 1. Fetching / recreating the original FD
> 2. dup2'ing it to right spot (and avoiding overwriting the original epoll FD)
> 3. EPOLL_CTL_ADD'ing the FD back in.

OK, am I understanding it's something like:

	int tmp_fd = epoll_create1(...);
	if (tmp_fd != orig_epfd) {
		dup2(tmp_fd, orig_epfd);

	for (/* loop over original FDs: */) {
		tmp_fd = socket(...);
		if (tmpfd != orig_sfd) {
			dup2(tmp_fd, orig_sfd);
		epoll_ctl(orig_epfd, EPOLL_CTL_ADD, orig_sfd, ...);

Is that close to what CRIU is doing?
In no place does tmp_fd end up in the epoll rbtree, there.
Everything is keyed w/ orig_sfd and it's underlying file.

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