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SubjectRe: [RFC 19/26] union-mount: Make lookup work for union-mounted file systems
On Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 06:13:42PM +0200, Jan Blunck wrote:
> On union-mounted file systems the lookup function must also visit lower layers
> of the union-stack when doing a lookup. This patches add support for
> union-mounts to cached lookups and real lookups.
>
> We have 3 different styles of lookup functions now:
> - multiple pathname components, follow mounts, follow union, follow symlinks
> - single pathname component, doesn't follow mounts, follow union, doesn't
> follow symlinks
> - single pathname component doesn't follow mounts, doesn't follow unions,
> doesn't follow symlinks
>
<snip>
> +static int hash_lookup_union(struct nameidata *nd, struct qstr *name,
> + struct path *path)
> +{

Jan,

Looks like there is a lot of code duplication b/n lookup_hash versions and
real_lookup versions for union mounts. Is there a reason for doing it
this way? I believe that with a little effort we should be able to get
rid of the above hash_lookup_union() completely and can instead use
real_lookup_union() variants from lookup_hash() also.

The reason I say this is, I can't see any _real_ difference b/n
real_lookup() and __lookup_hash_kern(). While the former does a seqlock
protected(for concurrent renames) dcache lookup followed by a ->lookup(),
the latter does an extra lock free dcache lookup, followed by seqlock
protected dcache lookup and a ->lookup() on failure.

Do you want me to cook up a patch for this Jan ?

Aside from that, it would help if someone could throw some light on the history
of __lookup_hash_kern. I wonder why real_lookup wasn't be used instead.

Regards,
Bharata.
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