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SubjectRe: linux-2.6.25: 'mkdir -p' does not work with rootdir as mount point inside a read only filesystem
On Mon, May 05, 2008 at 08:27:57AM +0200, Lothar Waßmann wrote:
> I'm using busybox 1.0 (on an embedded PXA320 system).

OK

> > stat64("/dev/a/b/c", 0xbf9175dc) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
> > umask(0) = 022
> > open(".", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE|O_DIRECTORY) = 3
> > chdir("/") = 0
> > mkdir("dev", 0755) = -1 EEXIST (File exists)
> > stat64("dev", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0755, st_size=17080, ...}) = 0
> > chdir("dev") = 0
> > mkdir("a", 0755) = 0
> > chdir("a") = 0
> > mkdir("b", 0755) = 0
> > chdir("b") = 0
> > umask(022) = 0
> > mkdir("c", 0777) = 0
> > fchdir(3) = 0
> > close(3) = 0
> >
> This is what strace shows in my case:
> mkdir("/", 0777) = -1 EEXIST (File exists)
> stat64("/", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0755, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
> mkdir("/dev/", 0777) = -1 EROFS (Read-only file system)
> umask(022) = 022
> write(2, "mkdir: ", 7mkdir: ) = 7
> write(2, "Cannot create directory `/dev/\'", 31Cannot create directory `/dev/') = 31
> write(2, ": Read-only file system\n", 24: Read-only file system
> ) = 24
> io_submit(0x1, 0x1, 0xfbad2088 <unfinished ... exit status 1>

So you should send this trace to the busybox maintainer. It
obviously exhibits a small but easily fixable bug in the
program ; it should check whether the directory exists in
case of error. It seems it only checks for EEXIST.

What puzzles me is why you have this problem only with a new kernel.
I suspect that previous ones did report EEXIST and now we report
EROFS for an existing directory on an ro fs.

Willy

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