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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] autofs4 - add miscelaneous device for ioctls

On Sat, 2008-08-09 at 08:59 -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 07:40:31PM +0800, Ian Kent wrote:
> > The actual problem with autofs is that it can't reconnect to existing
> > mounts. Immediately one things of just adding the ability to remount
> > autofs file systems would solve it, but alas, that can't work. This is
> > because autofs direct mounts and the implementation of "on demand mount
> > and expire" of nested mount trees have the file system mounted on top of
> > the mount trigger dentry.
> So what you really need instead of all the ioctl cruft is to get access
> to the sb of the hidden autofs4 mount. One way to do that that I can
> think of right now is to change from using get_sb_nodev as ->get_sb
> to a variant that can find an existing superblock using some mount
> options.

I wished I'd spoken to you about this a long time ago since you seem to
know how I can do this using a remount option but this isn't enough of
an explanation of how it can be done.

AFAICT, mount(8) will never be able to get a "struct path" or "struct
nameidata" to a mount point that is covered using the path lookup in
fs/namespace.c:do_*_mount() so we'll never be called back via any VFS
methods. So tell me more about how this could work please!


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