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Re: db(3) removal and lastlogx

On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 02:25:42AM +0000, YAMAMOTO Takashi wrote:
> hi,
> > Considering lastlogx, it seems like the db(3) use provides an
> > interesting DOS vector. If I run login and SIGSTOP it after it opened
> > the file with exclusive log, but before it finished writting the entry,
> > it should provide other instances from doing the same. In other words,
> > we really want to have a file format that works without any exclusive
> > lock on the (database) file.
> does your proprosed format work without locks?

Variant 1 (sparse file) yes. The others could be made to work using CAS
and mmap, but would leak space in the race case for initial inserts.


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