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Subject[PATCH] update( Documentation -> vfs.txt -> file_system_type );
Hy,

The current description was tagged as of kernel 2.1.99 - so whatever story
I'll write here should be more truthful than that fossil ;-)


Stone:/usr/src # diff -r -u linux-2.6.13-rc1.UNTOUCHED linux-2.6.13-rc1
------------------------------SNIPON-----------------------------------
diff -r -u linux-2.6.13-rc1.UNTOUCHED/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt linux-2.6.13-rc1/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt
--- linux-2.6.13-rc1.UNTOUCHED/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt 2005-06-30 01:00:53.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.13-rc1/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt 2005-07-06 03:36:23.000000000 +0200
@@ -126,46 +126,53 @@
struct file_system_type <section>
=======================

-This describes the filesystem. As of kernel 2.1.99, the following
+This describes the filesystem. As of kernel 2.6.13, the following
members are defined:

struct file_system_type {
- const char *name;
- int fs_flags;
- struct super_block *(*read_super) (struct super_block *, void *, int);
- struct file_system_type * next;
-};
-
- name: the name of the filesystem type, such as "ext2", "iso9660",
- "msdos" and so on
-
- fs_flags: various flags (i.e. FS_REQUIRES_DEV, FS_NO_DCACHE, etc.)
-
- read_super: the method to call when a new instance of this
- filesystem should be mounted
-
- next: for internal VFS use: you should initialise this to NULL
-
-The read_super() method has the following arguments:
-
- struct super_block *sb: the superblock structure. This is partially
- initialised by the VFS and the rest must be initialised by the
- read_super() method
-
- void *data: arbitrary mount options, usually comes as an ASCII
- string
+ const char *name;
+ int fs_flags;
+ struct super_block *(*get_sb)
+ (struct file_system_type *, int, const char *, void *);
+ void (*kill_sb) (struct super_block *);
+ struct module *owner;
+ struct file_system_type * next;
+ struct list_head fs_supers;
+ };
+
+ name: The name of the filesystem type, such as "ext2", "iso9660",
+ "msdos" and so on.
+
+ fs_flags: A combination of: FS_REQUIRES_DEV, FS_BINARY_MOUNTDATA,
+ FS_REVAL_DOT, FS_ODD_RENAME (deprecated). See include/linux/fs.h.
+
+ get_sb: The function responsible for returning the super_block structure
+ containing the filesystems blocksize, it's super block,
+ super operations struct s_op (which is the most interesting field
+ filled by this method and a pointer to struct super_operations
+ which describes the next level of the filesystem implementation),
+ the magic byte and max filesize and the like.
+ It is called when a new instance of this filesystem is mounted and
+ replaces the read_super function of former kernels (see porting).
+ As an example of what to do here please look at one of the default
+ functions in the kernel code named 'get_sb_nodev'.
+ The get_sb_nodev functions last parameter is a pointer to a function
+ which would act like the former read_super function just mentioned.
+ The data parameter contains arbitrary mount options passed by the
+ unix mount program, it usually comes as an ASCII string but can
+ be set to come as binary (now please don't ask me where I saw this
+ flag, look at the source, Mr. Skywalker ;-).
+ Return value: New super block on success, ERR_PTR if failed.
+
+ kill_sb: the function which gets called when the sb needs to be destroyed.
+ One generic function for this is 'kill_anon_super', look there for
+ more inspiration.

- int silent: whether or not to be silent on error
+ owner: This is usually set to the macro 'THIS_MODULE'.

-The read_super() method must determine if the block device specified
-in the superblock contains a filesystem of the type the method
-supports. On success the method returns the superblock pointer, on
-failure it returns NULL.
+ next: Managed by the kernel. Please leave it as NULL.

-The most interesting member of the superblock structure that the
-read_super() method fills in is the "s_op" field. This is a pointer to
-a "struct super_operations" which describes the next level of the
-filesystem implementation.
+ fs_supers: Managed by the kernel. Please leave it as NULL.


struct super_operations <section>
------------------------------SNIPOFF----------------------------------
Stone:/usr/src #
--

Thanks,
Frank Schruefer
SITEFORUM Software Europe GmbH
Germany (Thuringia)

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