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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/32] VFS based Union Mount (V3)
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On Tue, 19 May 2009, Jan Blunck wrote:
> The directory in the topmost filesystem is created during
> lookup. The contents of the directory isn't copied up presistently
> at that point in time. Therefore you have an empty directory in the
> topmost filesystem after the lookup. This was necessary to get rid
> of the union_relookup_topmost() calls during create, mknod, mkdir
> etc.
>
> When readdir is called, the topmost directory is filed up with
> fallthru entries which are persistently stored. This is only
> necessary to get readdir right wrt POSIX. During lookup the fallthru
> dentry, which is in fact a special negative dentry, is ignored and
> therefore the lookup continues on the lower filesystem.

So this means that the topmost branch always needs to be writable,
right? It isn't possible to make a union of two iso9660 filesystems,
for example?

Thanks,
Miklos


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