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    SubjectRe: kobject: Fix kobject_rename and !CONFIG_SYSFS
    On Thu, May 08, 2008 at 02:41:00PM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
    > From: Eric W. Biederman <>
    > When looking at kobject_rename I found two bugs with
    > that exist when sysfs support is disabled in the kernel.
    > kobject_rename does not change the name on the kobject when
    > sysfs support is not compiled in.
    > kobject_rename without locking attempts to check the
    > validity of a rename operation, which the kobject layer
    > simply does not have the infrastructure to do so.
    > This patch documents the previously unstated requirement of
    > kobject_rename that is the responsibility of the caller to
    > provide mutual exclusion and to be certain that the new_name
    > for the kobject is valid.
    > This patch modifies sysfs_rename_dir in !CONFIG_SYSFS case
    > to call kobject_set_name to actually change the kobject_name.
    > This patch removes the bogus and misleading check in kobject_rename
    > that attempts to see if a rename is valid. The check is bogus
    > because we do not have the proper locking. The check is misleading
    > because it looks like we can and do perform useful checking at the
    > kobject level that we don't.
    > The users in net/core/dev.c already have all of the necessary checks
    > in place and don't care. The other use in net/core/wireless.c
    > as originally implemented is incorrect because it performs no locking
    > and a simple patch has been sent that adds the necessary locking
    > and sanity checks there. Ensuring this patch will not have an
    > effect on users of kobject_rename or device_rename.

    Eric, Randy Dunlap has found that this patch breaks the build when
    CONFIG_SYSFS is not enabled. Can you please fix it up before I send it
    to Linus?

    The exact error is:
    In file included from /local/linsrc/next-20080509/include/linux/kobject.h:21,
    from /local/linsrc/next-20080509/include/linux/module.h:16,
    from /local/linsrc/next-20080509/include/linux/crypto.h:21,
    from /local/linsrc/next-20080509/arch/x86/kernel/asm-offsets_64.c:7,
    from /local/linsrc/next-20080509/arch/x86/kernel/asm-offsets.c:4:
    /local/linsrc/next-20080509/include/linux/sysfs.h: In function 'sysfs_rename_dir':
    /local/linsrc/next-20080509/include/linux/sysfs.h:142: error: implicit declaration of function 'kobject_set_name'


    greg k-h

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