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SubjectRe: NFS (vfs-related) syscall logging

> 'ethereal' *is* a damned intelligent parser that understands RPC/NFS/... ;-)

Yes, it does, but it is a pain to get for example nfsd_unlink or
nfsd_create_v3 calls and filter out the UID, GID and pathname. And
fiddling around with is quite a pain too. Plus (t)ethereal
opens yet another code path in the TCP/IP stack via skb_clone() to add
it to the ptype_all list while running. I'd like to do things where they
should be done ;).

> You should be able to use its read filtering capabilities to cherry-pick
> exactly the information that interests you.

I tried for a while but I found it easier to extend the current NFS code
with my needs, especially after you gave me the hint below!

> If you are going to insist on logging using printks, you might as well just
> use the existing RPC debugging code. Just rewrite your printks to the format
> dfprintk(BITMASK, format,...)
> The value of BITMASK can be whatever you want, although the masks between
> 0x0001 and 0x0200 are already used by the existing nfsd debugging code (see
> include/linux/nfsd/debug.h).
> Then just 'echo BITMASK >/proc/sys/sunrpc/nfsd_debug' in order to begin
> logging.

Thank you very much for this valuable hint. Since I'm using a recursive
function in my patch to print the pathname along with the according
syscall it turned out to be stupid to use dfprintk for the first part of
the output and then trying to patch together the rest. What I did was
following (basic chunk of code responsible for a syscall):

if (nfsd_debug & NFSDDBG_SYSREAD){
printk(" OP=%s IP=%d.%d.%d.%d\n",

I enhanced the debug.h with 5 new bitmasks (no more left now) and use
them like that, despite the fact that dfprintk would add the NFSDDBG_
part. print_dirname now can be kept simple:

+static void print_dirname(struct dentry *getdentry) {
if ((getdentry != NULL) && !IS_ROOT(getdentry)){
if (!IS_ROOT(getdentry)) {
printk("/%s", getdentry->;

Now another interesting thing I found was that the fname in nfsd_unlink
is not always passed up correctly. I haven't tracked it down to the
exact byte but you can reproduce it like follows:

1. mount a NFS export
2. create a deeply nested directory tree with let's say 30 Bytes as a
3. now do a: echo "test" > test && rm -f ./test
4. watch the output of fname in unlink via a well placed printk().
5. fname must have length 4 and the tree must have a certain length too,
I haven't found that one out yet

fname is already passed over in a wrong way at ../fs/nfsd/nfs3proc.c in
nfsd3_proc_remove(). In my case with a printk("fname=%s", fname) I get
fname=test^A for nfsd_unlink and fname=test for nfsd_create_v3. Could
you have a look into that one, please?

Best regards,
Roberto Nibali, ratz
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