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The Android binderfs Filesystem
Android binderfs is a filesystem for the Android binder IPC mechanism. It
allows to dynamically add and remove binder devices at runtime. Binder devices
located in a new binderfs instance are independent of binder devices located in
other binderfs instances. Mounting a new binderfs instance makes it possible
to get a set of private binder devices.
Mounting binderfs
Android binderfs can be mounted with::
mkdir /dev/binderfs
mount -t binder binder /dev/binderfs
at which point a new instance of binderfs will show up at ``/dev/binderfs``.
In a fresh instance of binderfs no binder devices will be present. There will
only be a ``binder-control`` device which serves as the request handler for
binderfs. Mounting another binderfs instance at a different location will
create a new and separate instance from all other binderfs mounts. This is
identical to the behavior of e.g. ``devpts`` and ``tmpfs``. The Android
binderfs filesystem can be mounted in user namespaces.
binderfs instances can be mounted with a limit on the number of binder
devices that can be allocated. The ``max=<count>`` mount option serves as
a per-instance limit. If ``max=<count>`` is set then only ``<count>`` number
of binder devices can be allocated in this binderfs instance.
Allocating binder Devices
.. _ioctl:
To allocate a new binder device in a binderfs instance a request needs to be
sent through the ``binder-control`` device node. A request is sent in the form
of an `ioctl() <ioctl_>`_.
What a program needs to do is to open the ``binder-control`` device node and
send a ``BINDER_CTL_ADD`` request to the kernel. Users of binderfs need to
tell the kernel which name the new binder device should get. By default a name
can only contain up to ``BINDERFS_MAX_NAME`` chars including the terminating
zero byte.
Once the request is made via an `ioctl() <ioctl_>`_ passing a ``struct
binder_device`` with the name to the kernel it will allocate a new binder
device and return the major and minor number of the new device in the struct
(This is necessary because binderfs allocates a major device number
dynamically.). After the `ioctl() <ioctl_>`_ returns there will be a new
binder device located under /dev/binderfs with the chosen name.
Deleting binder Devices
.. _unlink:
.. _rm:
Binderfs binder devices can be deleted via `unlink() <unlink_>`_. This means
that the `rm() <rm_>`_ tool can be used to delete them. Note that the
``binder-control`` device cannot be deleted since this would make the binderfs
instance unuseable. The ``binder-control`` device will be deleted when the
binderfs instance is unmounted and all references to it have been dropped.