Accessing file-offset info for fds in /proc?

From: Hank Leininger
Date: Tue Feb 20 2007 - 03:00:57 EST

Is there anything provided by the kernel that would let you see the
current offset of an existing filehandle?

Sometimes when processing a very large file (grepping a log, bzip2'ing
or gpg'ing a file, or whatever), I'd really like to know how far along
it is, because I'm impatient. lsof has an -o flag to show offsets for
file descriptors it lists, but it appears that's not supported under
Linux. It looks like all of the information lsof and fuser print about
files in use, etc can be gotten from /proc/*/fd/* (and /proc/*/maps, but
I'm not really concerned with mmap'ed files, just positions on fds).
Sometimes I'll resort to strace -s4096'ing the process to see what chunk
of text it's currently reading, and try to guess from that. Silly.

Has anybody ever developed a patch to implement this? I realize this
could create a variety of information-leakage problems; the information
probably would need to be restricted, such as by the same rules as
dumpable. Are there any horribly painful reasons why this couldn't be



Hank Leininger <hlein@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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