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SubjectRe: Sysfs attributes racing with unregistration
On Wed, 4 Jan 2012, Eric W. Biederman wrote:

> > Someone (I think Eric, right?) was trying to generalize the semantics
> > to vfs layer so that severance/revocation capability is generally
> > available. IIRC, it didn't get through tho.
>
> Unfortunately I didn't have time to complete the effort of those
> patches. The approach was not fundamentally rejected but it needed a
> clear and convincing use case as well as some strong scrutiny. But
> fundamentally finding a way to do that was seen as an interesting,
> if it could be solved without slowing down the existing cases.

Ted Ts'o has been talking about something similar but not the same -- a
way to revoke an entire filesystem. For example, see commit
7c2e70879fc0949b4220ee61b7c4553f6976a94d (ext4: add ext4-specific
kludge to avoid an oops after the disk disappears).

The use case for that is obvious and widespread: Somebody yanks out a
USB drive without unmounting it first.

Alan Stern



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