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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/5] union: hybrid union filesystem prototype
    On Thu, Sep 02, 2010 at 11:19:41AM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
    > On Wed, 1 Sep 2010, Valerie Aurora wrote:
    > > > +
    > > > + err = vfs_create(upperdir, newdentry, attr->ia_mode, NULL);
    > >
    > > Passing a NULL namiedata pointer to vfs_create() is a convenient
    > > temporary hack, but unfortunately NFS, ceph, etc. still use the
    > > nameidata passed to vfs_create() and other ops.
    > >
    > > The way union mounts gets a valid nameidata is by doing the create in
    > > the VFS before calling file system ops that may trigger a copyup,
    > > while we still have the original nameidata. This is one of the major
    > > reasons union mounts lives in the VFS.
    >
    > Not a big deal, just set up nd as if this was a single component
    > lookup. The previous version did it like this:
    >
    > + struct nameidata nd = {
    > + .last_type = LAST_NORM,
    > + .last = *name,
    > + };
    > +
    > + nd.path = pue->upperpath;
    > + path_get(&nd.path);
    > +
    > + newdentry = lookup_create(&nd, S_ISDIR(attr->ia_mode));
    >
    > But that's not a solution to the NFS suckage, it's just a workaround.

    Hm, I suspect it's more complicated than this. I looked at how
    unionfs does it in init_lower_nd() and it requires poking around in
    VFS internal details in the file system implementation. So unioning
    code is not in the VFS, but VFS code is in the union fs. Progress? I
    dunno.

    > "Fortunately" NFS isn't good for a writable layer of a union for other
    > reasons, so this isn't a big concern at the moment.

    It's the long-term effect on the code structure that concerns me more.

    -VAL


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