systemd: please stop trying to take over the world :)

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Thu Jun 16 11:51:18 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 05:35:19PM +0200, Miloslav Trmač wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Daniel J Walsh <dwalsh at> wrote:
> > On 06/15/2011 11:03 AM, Miloslav Trma? wrote:
> >> - At policy build time, precompute a DFA for all of the regexps, and
> >> store it in a file.  This file could be mmap()ed into any user of the
> >> policy, requiring no malloc(), and allowing the kernel to free the
> >> memory when it is no longer used; this should also make loading of the
> >> file_contexts configuration faster.
> >>    Mirek
> >
> > I was wondering if this was possible.
> Looking at the output of (semanage fcontext -l), it seems that all
> entries could be handled by a DFA.  Of course this might mean changing
> the documented semantics of the regexp (in particular to forbid
> backreferences).  The practical question is whether the DFA will be
> small enough, I can't really see much reason for a large state
> explosion - most of the regexps are very simple.
> >  Any example of how to do it?
> Not really... the idea was prompted by a mention of re2c, but I
> suppose you don't want to involve a C compiler in the policy build
> process.  Still, that's something to start from.  (And of course, a
> student of automata theory should be able to build this from scratch.
> Perhaps a bachelor thesis?)

Rather than writing from scratch, modify:


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