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SubjectRe: How VFS interacts with a file driver
Daniel Phillips writes:
> On Monday 14 May 2001 07:29, Blesson Paul wrote:

>> I am trying to implement a distributed file system.

Me too! :-)

>> For that I write a file driver. I want to know the following things
>> 1 . If I am writing a new file system, is it necessary to modify the
>> existing structs including inode struct.

Nope. There is a generic pointer you can use. You just need to
figure out when to free it, assuming you don't want to leak
lots of memory. Student projects can leak -- lucky you!

>> 2 . If it is not needed, will a simple registration of the file
>> system is needed to mount the file system
>> More over I am new to this area. I am doing as my
>> graduate project. I need someones help to crack the working of VFS
>> Thanks in advance
> 1. In .config, change CONFIG_EXT2_FS to 'm'
> 2. change "ext2" to "newfs" at DECLARE_FSTYPE_DEV in super.c
> 3. make modules SUBDIRS=fs/ext2
> 4. insmod fs/ext2/ext2.o
> Poof! New filesystem. (cat /proc/filesystems) Don't forget to change
> ext2 in .config back to "y" before you build your next kernel. You'll
> need to study the kernel *hard* before you can expect to have half a
> chance of having your filesystem work properly.

Gotta love d_delete the function and d_delete the function pointer
in a struct. Discovery was cause for inventing new curses.

Along the way I stumble accross a "retval" that is only set once
and a "if(de &&" of "if(!de ||" (I forget) that is redundant.
Maybe in the proc or tmpfs code, just in case someone cares enough.
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