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SubjectDebugfs : inotify, multiple calls to debugfs_create_file, remove
Hi Greg,

I just had to add inotify support to my LTTng consumer so I could inform it
of the presence of new CPUs (for CPU hotplug). I noticed that no
notification event was being sent when a debugfs file is created from within
the kernel through debugfs_create. There are probably other notifications
missing, but here is the patch adding the one I care about. Should it be added
in libfs or in debugfs ?

A second problem I noticed is when a caller calls debugfs_create_file more than
once : the result is that the debugfs_remove will fail. I guess the second call
to debugfs_create_file increments the reference counts (there is not fix for
this issue in my patch).

Third problem : a failing call to debugfs_remove keeps the filesystem pinned.
(fixed by calling simple_release_fs in the error path).

The third problem : When a process is in a directory, the call to simple_rmdir
will fail. Debugfs does not use its return value. I noticed that calling
simple_unlink on a directory when simple_rmdir fails removes the directory that
would otherwise be left there. I am not sure if this approach is correct

This patch is against Linux 2.6.18.



diff --git a/fs/debugfs/inode.c b/fs/debugfs/inode.c
index e8ae304..d88203f 100644
--- a/fs/debugfs/inode.c
+++ b/fs/debugfs/inode.c
@@ -23,6 +23,7 @@ #include <linux/pagemap.h>
#include <linux/init.h>
#include <linux/namei.h>
#include <linux/debugfs.h>
+#include <linux/fsnotify.h>

#define DEBUGFS_MAGIC 0x64626720

@@ -156,7 +157,8 @@ static int debugfs_create_by_name(const
} else
error = PTR_ERR(dentry);
+ if (!error)
+ fsnotify_create(parent->d_inode, *dentry);
return error;

@@ -204,7 +206,10 @@ struct dentry *debugfs_create_file(const

error = debugfs_create_by_name(name, mode, parent, &dentry);
if (error) {
+ /* FIXME : a failing call to debugfs_create_file leaves a
+ * stalled entry after a remove. */
dentry = NULL;
+ simple_release_fs(&debugfs_mount, &debugfs_mount_count);
goto exit;

@@ -265,6 +270,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(debugfs_create_dir);
void debugfs_remove(struct dentry *dentry)
struct dentry *parent;
+ int ret = 0;

if (!dentry)
@@ -277,8 +283,12 @@ void debugfs_remove(struct dentry *dentr
if (debugfs_positive(dentry)) {
if (dentry->d_inode) {
if (S_ISDIR(dentry->d_inode->i_mode))
- simple_rmdir(parent->d_inode, dentry);
+ ret = simple_rmdir(parent->d_inode, dentry);
+ ret = simple_unlink(parent->d_inode, dentry);
+ /* simple_rmdir failed because the directory
+ * is used. Force deletion. */
+ if (ret)
simple_unlink(parent->d_inode, dentry);
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