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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] overlay filesystem: request for inclusion
"J. R. Okajima" <> writes:

> Miklos Szeredi:
>> st_nlink==1 for directories is widely accepted way of saying that the
>> number of subdirectories is unknown. Various filesystems already do
>> this, and versions of GNU utils that I have come across accept it.
> When the upperdir is tmpfs, the link count of the directories in it will
> not be 1, won't it?

In overlayfs directory will have a link count of one if it's a "merged"
directory, regardless of the filesystem types used. If it's not a
merged directory, then st_nlink will correctly refrect the number of

>> I hadn't thought about this case, so overlayfs would modify the lower
>> filesystem in that case, which is a no-no.
>> Following patch fixes this and return -EROFS for the above case. I also
>> updated the non-standard section in the docs.
> Hmm, such changes to mnt_flags looks slightly rude to me. Do we have to
> consider about these?
> - there may exist files opened as RW on the lower.
> - when overlayfs is unmounted, it should restore the original mnt_flags.
> - (there may exist more...)
> If overlayfs doesn't expect the lower mounted as RW, then it might be
> better to reject it simply at mounting.

Overlayfs will create a private clone of both the lower and upper
mounts. The mnt_flags are only modified on the private clone, whose
sole user is overlayfs itself.


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