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KCMP(2)			   Linux Programmer's Manual		       KCMP(2)

       kcmp  -	compare	 two  processes	 to  determine	if they share a kernel

       #include <linux/kcmp.h>

       int kcmp(pid_t pid1, pid_t pid2, int type,
		unsigned long idx1, unsigned long idx2);

       Note: There is no glibc wrapper for this system call; see NOTES.

       The kcmp() system call can be used to check whether the	two  processes
       identified  by  pid1  and  pid2 share a kernel resource such as virtual
       memory, file descriptors, and so on.

       The type argument specifies which resource is to be compared in the two
       processes.  It has one of the following values:

	      Check  whether a file descriptor idx1 in the process pid1 refers
	      to the same open file description (see open(2)) as file descrip‐
	      tor idx2 in the process pid2.

	      Check  whether  the  process  share  the	same  set of open file
	      descriptors.  The arguments idx1 and idx2 are ignored.

	      Check whether the processes share the same  filesystem  informa‐
	      tion  (i.e.,  file  mode	creation  mask, working directory, and
	      filesystem root).	 The arguments idx1 and idx2 are ignored.

	      Check whether the processes share I/O  context.	The  arguments
	      idx1 and idx2 are ignored.

	      Check  whether the processes share the same table of signal dis‐
	      positions.  The arguments idx1 and idx2 are ignored.

	      Check whether the processes share the same list of System V sem‐
	      aphore  undo  operations.	  The  arguments  idx1	and  idx2  are

	      Check whether the processes share the same address  space.   The
	      arguments idx1 and idx2 are ignored.

       Note the kcmp() is not protected against false positives which may have
       place if tasks are running.  Which means one should  stop  tasks	 being
       inspected with this syscall to obtain meaningful results.

       The return value of a successful call to kcmp() is simply the result of
       arithmetic comparison of kernel	pointers  (when	 the  kernel  compares
       resources, it uses their memory addresses).

       The  easiest way to explain is to consider an example.  Suppose that v1
       and v2 are the addresses of  appropriate	 resources,  then  the	return
       value is one of the following:

	   0   v1  is equal to v2; in other words, the two processes share the

	   1   v1 is less than v2.

	   2   v1 is greater than v2.

	   3   v1 is not equal to v2, but ordering information is unavailable.

       On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

       kcmp () was designed to return values suitable for  sorting.   This  is
       particularly  handy  if	one  needs  to	compare a large number of file

       EBADF  type is KCMP_FILE and fd1 or fd2 is not an open file descriptor.

       EINVAL type is invalid.

       EPERM  Insufficient  permission	to  inspect  process  resources.   The
	      CAP_SYS_PTRACE  capability is required to inspect processes that
	      you do not own.

       ESRCH  Process pid1 or pid2 does not exist.

       The kcmp() system call first appeared in Linux 3.5.

       kcmp() is Linux specific and should not be used in programs intended to
       be portable.

       Glibc  does  not	 provide a wrapper for this system call; call it using

       This system call is available only if the kernel	 was  configured  with
       CONFIG_CHECKPOINT_RESTORE.   The main use of the system call is for the
       checkpoint/restore in user space (CRIU) feature.	  The  alternative  to
       this system call would have been to expose suitable process information
       via the proc(5) filesystem; this was deemed to be unsuitable for	 secu‐
       rity reasons.

       See  clone(2)  for  some background information on the shared resources
       referred to on this page.

       clone(2), unshare(2)

       This page is part of release 3.54 of the Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux				  2013-01-27			       KCMP(2)

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