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Do user processes keep a file descriptor for the executable file itself, and for shared libraries? For example, if I look into /proc/PID/fd of bash, I expected to see at least the following fds, besides stdin/stdout/stderr:

  1. one for /usr/bin/bash
  2. one for /usr/lib/XXX/libc-2.XX.so file.

According to kernel function load_elf_binary, it does seem to be the case that a fd is allocated for the executable at least.

However, in reality I didn't find such fds in /proc/PID/fd folder, likely because they do not exist in task_struct->files->fd_array. So the questions are:

  1. does kernel store pointers to the file objects that corresponds to the executable, and the shared libraries, in a per process struct such as task_struct/thread_info?
  2. if so, which struct?
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No, there's not file descriptors for those things in general. However, there is /proc/PID/exe that shows you what binary is running, and /proc/PID/maps and /proc/PID/map_files/ that shows you what's mapped where. Also, even if these things didn't exist, the kernel can still keep track of it. Not everything in the kernel's memory is exposed via /proc.

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