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SubjectRe: [PATCH 15/35] Unionfs: Common file operations
On Tue, Dec 05, 2006 at 10:02:10PM +0100, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Dec 4 2006 07:30, Josef 'Jeff' Sipek wrote:
> >+long unionfs_ioctl(struct file *file, unsigned int cmd, unsigned long arg)
> >+{
> >+ long err;
> >+
> >+ if ((err = unionfs_file_revalidate(file, 1)))
> >+ goto out;
> >+
> >+ /* check if asked for local commands */
> >+ switch (cmd) {
> >+ case UNIONFS_IOCTL_INCGEN:
> >+ /* Increment the superblock generation count */
> >+ err = -EACCES;
> >+ if (!capable(CAP_SYS_ADMIN))
> >+ goto out;
> >+ err = unionfs_ioctl_incgen(file, cmd, arg);
> >+ break;
> >+
> >+ case UNIONFS_IOCTL_QUERYFILE:
> >+ /* Return list of branches containing the given file */
> >+ err = unionfs_ioctl_queryfile(file, cmd, arg);
> >+ break;
> >+
> >+ default:
> >+ /* pass the ioctl down */
> >+ err = do_ioctl(file, cmd, arg);
> >+ break;
> >+ }
> >+
> >+out:
> >+ return err;
> >+}
>
>
> I think there was an ioctl for files to find out where a particular
> file lives on disk.

That's the UNIONFS_IOCTL_QUERYFILE case.

> Do you think unionfs should handle it and return
> something more or less meaningful?

It is a very useful functionality for any stackable filesystem which may
store files on one of several branches. Do I think that it should be
factored out of Unionfs into fsstack or similar? Not at the moment. If there
seems to be a need for it, then I'd gladly move it out of Unionfs, but until
then I don't see a reason to do anything special.

Josef "Jeff" Sipek.

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