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SubjectRe: [PATCH -V8 2/9] vfs: Add name to file handle conversion support
On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 11:10:38AM +0530, Aneesh Kumar K. V wrote:
> On Tue, 18 May 2010 11:33:50 +0900, "J. R. Okajima" <> wrote:
> >
> > "Aneesh Kumar K.V":
> > > This patch add a new superblock operations get_fsid that returns the
> > > UUID mapping for the file system. The UUID returned is used to
> > > identify the file system apart of file_handle
> >
> > I am afraid get_fsid in s_op may conflict with "fsid=" option in /etc/exports.
> > Generally all FSs have UUID or device number and they can return "fsid"
> > correctly. But some of them may not have such id, or users may assign
> > different fsid for them.
> > Is "fsid=" value passed to superblock and can FS return it? Otherwise
> > they cannot implement ->get_fsid().
> The file_handle I mentioned above is the file handle returned by
> sys_name_to_handle_at syscall. NFS kernel server won't be using the
> interface.
> If file system doesn't support a unique identifier then they can leave
> ->get_fsid callback NULL. The UUID part of the file_handle will be zero
> filled.

If it is returning a UUID, then perhaps the call should be
->get_uuid to avoid any confusion with existing uses of "fsid".

Alternatively, why do we even need a method for this? Why not just put a
struct uuid into the struct super_block and have filesystems fill it
out inside their fill_super callback to get_sb()? If it is not
filled out, then it is zero, and the code that puts it into the file
handle can just do an unconditional copy at that point...


Dave Chinner

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