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SubjectRe: access() says EROFS even for device files if /dev is mounted RO
    From viro@math.psu.edu Wed Nov 29 17:52:57 2000

> Should the majority win? I.e. should we say OK, as we do now?

We should, but we don't. 2.4 does the right thing.
2.2 got the following change back in 2.2.6:

res = PTR_ERR(dentry);
if (!IS_ERR(dentry)) {
res = permission(dentry->d_inode, mode);
+ /* SuS v2 requires we report a read only fs too */
+ if(!res && (mode & S_IWOTH) && IS_RDONLY(dentry->d_inode))
+ res = -EROFS;
dput(dentry);
}
... and that's what really ticks me off - permission() does the right
tests in case of read-only fs (ignoring the r/o vs. r/w for devices and
FIFOs), but sys_access() explicitly overrides that.

IMO we should revert that in 2.2. HP/UX is probably hopeless - if they
will ever start caring about bogus behaviour access() will not be anywhere
near the top of their list ;-/

Yes. Alan, it seems we all agree that

--- open.c~ Tue Jan 4 19:12:23 2000
+++ open.c Wed Nov 29 18:14:14 2000
@@ -305,9 +305,6 @@
res = PTR_ERR(dentry);
if (!IS_ERR(dentry)) {
res = permission(dentry->d_inode, mode);
- /* SuS v2 requires we report a read only fs too */
- if(!res && (mode & S_IWOTH) && IS_RDONLY(dentry->d_inode))
- res = -EROFS;
dput(dentry);
}

is a good idea.
Andries

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