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Subject[PATCH 00/11] sysfs tagged directories V5

Here is an updated version of the sysfs tagged directories that improves
a bit the situation over the previous one.

I've modified the patch 09 ("Enable tagging for net_class directories in
sysfs") to be a bit less intrusive in sysfs core. I removed the #ifdef'd
parts you didn't like in fs/sysfs/mount.c, and replaced it by a generic
routine sysfs_ns_exit() that is called, if needed, by the namespace when
it exits. This routine goes through every sysfs super blocks and calls
the callback passed by the namespace to clean its tag.

The patch is now splitted in two:
* 09/11: the generic routine,
* 10/11: the remaining network parts.

The generic part can be merge with patch 05 ("sysfs: Implement sysfs
tagged directory support.") but I left it separate for now to ease

Serge's patch for user namespace is modified to use this new service too.
No more #ifdef CONFIG_NET or #ifdef CONFIG_USER_NS in fs/sysfs/mount.c

But, currently, a new namespace that wants to add its tag to sysfs dirs
still need to modify fs/sysfs/mount.c in a few routines to manage the
new tag member added in struct sysfs_tag_info: sysfs_fill_super(),
sysfs_test_super(), sysfs_kill_sb() (see the last two patches).
These changes are only the initialization and a bunch of comparisons.

If we really want to go further, to get rid of these, I've thought

* Extending sysfs_tagged_dir_operations with super blocks operations:
- fill_sb_tag, test_sb_tag, kill_sb_tag

* Add routines in sysfs to allow registration/unregistration of these
operations structs in a list:
- sysfs_register_tagged_dir_ops()...

* Each subsystem concerned implements and registers its operations at

* In sysfs_fill_super(), sysfs_test_super() and sysfs_kill_sb(), add
loops to go through all registered operations structs and calls the
corresponding operations if it's present.

But... I thought it was a bit overkill for the few namespaces that will
actually need sysfs tagged directories.

(Below you'll find the traditional introduction for sysfs tagged dirs
and the updated changelog)


Here is an updated version of Eric Biederman's patchset to implement
tagged directories in sysfs ported on top of 2.6.26-rc2-mm1.

With the introduction of network namespaces, there can be duplicate
network interface names on the same machine. Indeed, two network
interfaces can have the same name if they reside in different network

* Network interfaces names show up in sysfs.
* Today there is nothing in sysfs that is currently per namespace.
* Therefore we need to support multiple mounts of sysfs each showing a
different network namespace.

We introduce tagged directories in sysfs for this purpose.

Of course the usefulness of this feature is not limited to network stuff:
Serge Hallyn wrote a patch to fix a similar issue with user namespaces based
on this patchset. His patch is included at the end of the patchset.

Tested with and without SYSFS_DEPRECATED. No regression found so far.

* V5:
- Make namespace tags a bit less intrusive in sysfs core:
- New patch 09: Added a generic sysfs_ns_exit routine called by
exiting namespaces. A callback is passed to this routine to
execute the subsystem specific code.
- Modified patches 09 and 10 (now 10 and 11) ("netns tagging" and
"userns tagging") to use this new routine instead of adding
#ifdef'd code in fs/sysfs/mount.c.
- Added missing -ENOMEM in fs/sysfs/dir.c:prep_rename() (Roel Kluin)
* V4:
- Ported to 2.6.26-rc2-mm1
- Updated patch for user namespace by Serge Hallyn (patch 10).
* V3:
- Removed patch 10 ("avoid kobject name conflict with different
namespaces"), a better one was provided by Eric.
- Removed patch 11 ("sysfs: user namespaces: add ns to user_struct"),
Serge needs to rework some parts of it.
- Change Acked-by: to Signed-off-by:, someone told me it is more
appropriate (as I'm in the delivery path).

Here is the announcement Eric wrote back in December to introduce his

Now that we have network namespace support merged it is time to
revisit the sysfs support so we can remove the dependency on !SYSFS.
The bulk of the patches are the changes to allow multiple sysfs

Then comes the tagged directory sysfs support which uses information
captured at mount time to decide which object with which tag will
appear in a directory.

Then the support for renaming and deleting objects where the source
may be ambiguous because of tagging.

Then finally the network namespace support so it is clear how all
of this tied together.



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