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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 3/4] Lookup changes to support union mount.
On 6/20/07, Jan Blunck <jblunck@suse.de> wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Jun 2007 11:23:26 +0530, Bharata B Rao wrote:
>
> > +/*
> > + * Looks for the given @name in dcache by walking through all the layers
> > + * of the union stack, starting from the top.
> > + * FIXME: If we don't find the dentry in a upper layer, we descend to the
> > + * next layer. So there is a chance to miss this dentry in the top layer
> > + * if this is the _first_ time lookup of the dentry in this layer. A real
> > + * lookup might have fetched a valid dentry in this layer itself, while we
> > + * chose to descend to the next lower layer. One solution is not have this
> > + * function itself, do the toplevel lookup in dcache and if it fails proceed
> > + * to real_lookup_union() directly.
> > + */
> > +struct dentry *__d_lookup_union(struct nameidata *nd, struct qstr *name)
> > +{
> > + struct dentry *dentry;
> > + struct nameidata nd_tmp;
> > + struct vfsmount *mnt = mntget(nd->mnt);
> > + struct qstr this;
> > + int err;
> > +
> > + nd_tmp.mnt = nd->mnt;
> > + nd_tmp.dentry = nd->dentry;
> > +
> > + this.name = name->name;
> > + this.len = name->len;
> > + this.hash = name->hash;
> > +
> > + do {
> > + /* d_hash() is a repetition for the top layer. */
> > + if (nd_tmp.dentry->d_op && nd_tmp.dentry->d_op->d_hash) {
> > + err = nd_tmp.dentry->d_op->d_hash(nd_tmp.dentry, &this);
> > + if (err < 0)
> > + goto out;
> > + }
> > +
> > + dentry = __d_lookup(nd_tmp.dentry, &this);
> > + if (dentry) {
> > + if (dentry->d_inode) {
> > + if (nd->mnt != nd_tmp.mnt) {
> > + mntput(nd->mnt);
> > + nd->mnt = mntget(nd_tmp.mnt);
> > + }
> > + mntput(mnt);
> > + return dentry;
> > + } else {
> > + dput(dentry);
> > + }
> > + }
> > + } while (next_union_mount(&nd_tmp));
> > +out:
> > + mntput(mnt);
> > + return NULL;
> > +}
> > +
>
> The reference counting for vfsmount is wrong. next_union_mount() should be
> something similar to follow_down(). You should grab the reference to the
> underlying mount before doing the lookup. Ok ok, you already have a valid
> reference in struct union_mount but anyway.

The idea is that a reference to the top layer's vfsmount and dentry is
taken by the user of the union mount point/directory (eg. lookup,
readdir etc) and that should ensure that all the bottom layers are
valid until the top level reference is held.

Regards,
Bharata.
--
"Men come and go but mountains remain" -- Ruskin Bond.
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