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SubjectRe: sget() misuse in nilfs
On Tue, 5 May 2009 17:37:37 +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Wed, May 06, 2009 at 12:37:29AM +0900, Ryusuke Konishi wrote:
> > Oh, meaning of the (b) was ambiguous. How about the following one?
> >
> > b) Remounting an ro-mount to read-only is possible only if the
> > checkpoint number of the target ro-mount is latest and there is no
> > existent rw-mount.
> >
> > c) Remounting a snapshot to a different checkpoint is not allowed.
> > Remounting a snapshot to an rw-mount is possible only if the
> > target snapshot equals to the latest checkpoint.
> That's really rather messy... Let's see if I've got it right:
> * r/w -> r/w. Allowed.
> * r/w -> r/o. Allowed.
> * r/w -> snapshot. Not allowed.
> * snapshot -> r/w. Allowed if it's the latest one and no r/w is there.
> * snapshot -> r/o. It remains a snapshot, but says it has succeeded.

Ah, this transition was not assumed. It needs some fix.

> * snapshot -> snapshot. Only if it's the same.
> * r/o -> r/w. Allowed [1]
> * r/o -> r/o. Allowed.
> * r/o -> snapshot. Allowed only if the snapshot number is the latest.

Look correct.

> r/w can't coexist with r/o, but can coexist with any snapshots.
> Can't be remounted to a snapshot directly, but can go through
> r/w->r/o->latest snapshot in two mount -o remount.

Hmm, right. It looks half-baked.

The transition "r/w -> latest snapshot" should be allowed to ensure

> "r/o" in the above means "read-only, SNAPSHOT flag not set".
> What happens if you mount the thing r/w, remount it r/o and then try to
> mount the latest snapshot? Will that give two superblocks or will it
> reuse the r/o mount?

It will reuse the r/o mount, which was originally r/w mount.

> OTOH, what will happen if you take r/w mount, mount the latest snapshot and
> then remount the r/w one to r/o?

In that case, the latest snapshot and the r/o-mount will coexist as
two different instances.

> [1] there couldn't have been new r/w mount while r/o one existed, snapshot
> number couldn't have changed and the only possible transition *into* r/o is
> from r/w, so another r/w superblock couldn't have survived since before our
> superblock has become r/o.

I'd rather simplify things.

If we treat read-only mount as the latest snapshot at the time (though
we didn't take this interpretation), the transitions can be reduced

* r/w -> r/w. Allowed.
* r/w -> snapshot. Allowed if no checkpoint number was given (or the
latest checkpoint was specified)
* snapshot -> r/w. Allowed if it's the latest one and no r/w is there.
* snapshot -> snapshot. Only if it's the same.


But it still needs test_exclusive_mount().

The test_exclusive_mount() may be eliminable by adding rw-mount-exists
flag on the_nilfs struct. I'll take some thinking.

Ryusuke Konishi

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