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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/24] Unionfs: Documentation
In message <20070110161215.GB12654@atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz>, Jan Kara writes:
> > In message <20070109122644.GB1260@atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz>, Jan Kara writes:
[...]
> > Jan, all of it is duable: we can downgrade the f/s to readonly, grab various
> > locks, search through various lists looking for open fd's and such, then
> > decide if to allow the mount or not. And hopefully all of that can be done
> > in a non-racy manner. But it feels just rather hacky and ugly to me. If
> > this community will endorse such a solution, we'll be happy to develop it.
> > But right now my impression is that if we posted such patches today, some
> > people will have to wipe the vomit off of their monitors... :-)
> I see :). To me it just sounds as if you want to do remount-read-only
> for source filesystems, which is operation we support perfectly fine,
> and after that create union mount. But I agree you cannot do quite that
> since you need to have write access later from your union mount. So
> maybe it's not so easy as I thought.
> On the other hand, there was some effort to support read-only bind-mounts of
> read-write filesystems (there were even some patches floating around but
> I don't think they got merged) and that should be even closer to what
> you'd need...

I didn't know about those patches, but yes, they do sound useful. I'm
curious who needed such functionality before and why. If someone can point
me to those patches, we can look into using them for Unionfs. Thanks.

> Honza
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> Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
> SuSE CR Labs
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