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SubjectRe: Important for fs devs: rcu-walk merged upstream
On Sat, 8 Jan 2011, Nick Piggin wrote:
> The vfs-scale branch is now upstream. If you haven't
> looked yet, your filesystem is likely to have been
> touched, so check it out.
> Also look at Documentation/filesystems/porting and
> path-lookup.txt.
> The dcache_lock stuff should have been all done for you
> (for in-tree filesystems, I can help out of tree fses with
> conversions there if you ping me offline).
> The rcu-walk stuff can be more tricky for your filesystem
> to take advantage of.
> If you supply a .d_revalidate, .permission, or .check_acl,
> then path walking is going to be slow and unscalable for
> you.
> Out of tree filesystems: you _have_ to at least add a line
> of code to the above functions in order to specify that
> you don't want to participate in rcu-walk.
> Otherwise, you don't have to care about rcu-walk if you
> have a legacy or special filesystem like configfs then I'd
> advise against anything fancy. But if you have a
> userbase and you expect them to actually do any path
> lookups into your filesystem, please take a look.

One other thing: I know ECHILD is safe since no sane filesystem will
return it in its permission or revalidate callbacks, and even if it
does that's just a loss of optimization.

But it would be better from a readability and grepability standpoint
if it was a kernel internal errno (ERESTARTNORCU or whatever)
similarly to ERESTARTSYS and the like.


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