[PATCH] inotify: read return val fix
Nick Piggin [Mon, 12 Feb 2007 08:51:59 +0000 (00:51 -0800)]
Fix for inotify read bug (bugzilla.kernel.org #6999)

Problem Description:
When reading from an inotify device with an insufficient sized buffer, read(2)
will return 0 with no errno set. This is because of an logically incorrect
action from the user program thus should return an more logical value. My
suggestion is return -EINVAL as for bind(2).

This patch is based on the proposal from Ryan <wolf0403@hotmail.com>, and
feedback from John McCutchan <john@johnmccutchan.com>.

Return -EINVAL if we have not passed in enough buffer space to read a single
inotify event, rather than 0 which indicates that there is nothing to read.

Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
Acked-by: "John McCutchan" <john@johnmccutchan.com>
Cc: Ryan <wolf0403@hotmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>

fs/inotify_user.c

index 55f6da5..9f2224f 100644 (file)
@@ -455,8 +455,16 @@ static ssize_t inotify_read(struct file *file, char __user *buf,
                        break;
 
                kevent = inotify_dev_get_event(dev);
-               if (event_size + kevent->event.len > count)
+               if (event_size + kevent->event.len > count) {
+                       if (ret == 0 && count > 0) {
+                               /*
+                                * could not get a single event because we
+                                * didn't have enough buffer space.
+                                */
+                               ret = -EINVAL;
+                       }
                        break;
+               }
 
                if (copy_to_user(buf, &kevent->event, event_size)) {
                        ret = -EFAULT;