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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] vfs: make i_op->permission take a dentry instead of an inode
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It seems that your reply to [0/5] has the description that I was asking
for in my last response.

On Fri, 2010-08-27 at 14:11 +1000, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:24:02 -0400
> "David P. Quigley" <dpquigl@tycho.nsa.gov> wrote:
>
> > I may be missing something but I looked at your patch series and I see
> > no good reason for this patch at all. You just churned a lot of code for
> > something that you don't even have a need for in the patch set. Your
> > only two new callers of this function could just as easily have used the
> > inode since it isn't doing anything special with the dentry. It actually
> > pulls the inode out of it and uses it in generic_permission and
> > security_inode_permission. If you are going to change this you should
> > also change generic_permission as well. Honestly I'd rather see the
> > dentry requirement removed from inode operations instead but
> > unfortunately this isn't possible as I found out with my attempts to
> > remove the dentry requirement for get/setxattr
>
>
> union_permission needs the dentry to get access to d_fsdata, which caches the
> upperpath and lowerpath which were found at lookup time.
>
> Is that what you missed?
>
> NeilBrown
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