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SubjectRe: Synchronous signal delivery..
On Sat, 15 Feb 2003, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Fri, 14 Feb 2003, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> > >
> > > Some of it can be pulled in. However, the way the dynamic inode allocation
> > > works, different kinds of inodes _have_ to have different superblocks,
> > > since that's the level where the inode allocation and caching works. So
> > > the fake inodes for a pipe, for example, are _not_ the same as the fake
> > > inodes for the sigfd's. So not all of it is shared.
> >
> > Superblocks will be different, but their "fake" functionality can be
> > shared. A few parameters like file system name, file system magic number,
> > root name, ... will be able to do the trick :
> >
> > fakefs_t fakefs_create(chat const *root, char const *name, unsigned long magic);
> > struct inode *fakefs_new_inode(fakefs_t fkfs);
> > void fakefs_close(fakefs_t fkfs);
> I'd love to see this. I agree that a fair amount of this should be
> shareable with the pipe and socket code, for example. But I would call it
> "virtual" instead of "fake", since there is nothing fake about the inode.
> A pipe inode is one of the most fundamental and basic things in UNIX, it's
> not "fake" just because it doesn't live on a harddisk.

Would something like the folowing work for all those cases ( not tested
and even compiled ) ...

- Davide

#define VIRTFS_NAME_MAX 128
#define VIRTFS_ROOT_MAX 128

typedef struct virtfs {
char name[VIRTFS_NAME_MAX];
char root[VIRTFS_ROOT_MAX];
unsigned long magic;
struct vfsmount *mnt;
struct file_system_type fst;
struct dentry_operations dop;
} *virtfs_t;

static int virtfs_delete_dentry(struct dentry *dentry) {
return 1;

static struct super_block *virtfs_get_sb(struct file_system_type *fs_type,
int flags, char *dev_name, void *data) {
virtfs_t vfs = container_of(fs_type, struct virtfs, fst);
return get_sb_pseudo(fs_type, vfs->root, NULL, vfs->magic);

virtfs_t virtfs_create(char const *root, char const *name, unsigned long magic) {
int error;
virtfs_t vtfs;
if (!(vtfs = kmalloc(sizeof(struct virtfs), GFP_KERNEL)))
return ERR_PTR(-ENOMEM);
memset(vtfs, 0, sizeof(*vtfs));
strncpy(vtfs->root, root, sizeof(vtfs->root) - 1);
strncpy(vtfs->name, name, sizeof(vtfs->name) - 1);
vtfs->magic = magic;
vtfs-> = vtfs->name;
vtfs->fst.get_sb = virtfs_get_sb;
vtfs->fst.kill_sb = kill_anon_super;
vtfs->dop.d_delete = virtfs_delete_dentry;

error = register_filesystem(&vtfs->fst);
if (error)
goto eexit_1;
vtfs->mnt = kern_mount(&vtfs->fst);
error = PTR_ERR(vtfs->mnt);
if (IS_ERR(vtfs->mnt))
goto eexit_2;
return vtfs;

return ERR_PTR(error);

int virtfs_new_file(virtfs_t vtfs, struct inode **ninode, struct file **nfile) {
int error;
struct qstr this;
struct dentry *dentry;
struct inode *inode;
struct file *file;
char name[32];
error = -ENFILE;
file = get_empty_filp();
if (!file)
goto eexit_1;
inode = new_inode(vtfs->mnt);
error = PTR_ERR(inode);
if (IS_ERR(inode))
goto eexit_2;
error = -ENOMEM;
sprintf(name, "[%lu]", inode->i_ino); = name;
this.len = strlen(name);
this.hash = inode->i_ino;
dentry = d_alloc(vtfs->mnt->mnt_sb->s_root, &this);
if (!dentry)
goto eexit_3;
dentry->d_op = &vtfs->dop;
d_add(dentry, inode);
file->f_vfsmnt = mntget(vtfs->mnt);
file->f_dentry = dget(dentry);
*nfile = file;
*ninode = inode;

return 0;
return error;

void virtfs_close(virtfs_t vtfs) {
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