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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCHSET] non-recursive link_path_walk() and reducing stack footprint
On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 03:49:59PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 07:12:22PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
>
> > Patches 2/24..6/24 are from Neil's RCU follow_link patchset; the
> > rest of his patchset is, of course, derailed by the massage done here,
> > but AFAICS we should be able to port it on top of this one with reasonably
> > little PITA.
>
> BTW, looking at the ->put_link() instances in the tree, after this series
> all but one of them ignore *everything* other than cookie. The only exception
> is hppfs; it wants dentry (and its inode as well):
>
> static void hppfs_put_link(struct dentry *dentry, void *cookie)
> {
> struct dentry *proc_dentry = HPPFS_I(d_inode(dentry))->proc_dentry;
>
> if (d_inode(proc_dentry)->i_op->put_link)
> d_inode(proc_dentry)->i_op->put_link(proc_dentry, cookie);
> }

The hppfs code looks totally bogus in general. Richard, do you know if
anyone still uses that part of UML?

> Does anybody have objections against passing them inodes instead of dentries?
> It would be a lot more convenient for RCU purposes...

Sounds fine to me.

> * XFS: is there any reason why you guys don't separate inline and
> non-inline symlinks? Or don't just use page_follow_link_light() for the
> latter...

Historical reasons, feel free to split it up.

> Note, BTW, that NUL-termination for the latter will be taken
> care of by page_getlink(). It's inline ones that look like crap, actually -
> unless I'm misreading that code, the longest possible inline symlink will
> have ip->i_df.if_u1.if_data completely filled, with no place for terminating
> NUL. Is that correct? If so, it might make sense to have three variants -
> short (== inline shorter than XFS_IFORK_DSIZE) just having ->follow_link()
> return ip->i_df.if_u1.if_data and have xfs_setup_inode() do nd_terminate_link()
> to make sure they are NUL-terminated, long (non-inline) just using
> page_follow_link_light() and bogus (inline with length exactly equal to
> XFS_IFORK_DSIZE); the last would be the only ones with XFS-specific non-trivial
> ->follow_link() - those really need to allocate a buffer and copy into it...

In theory we could allocate if_data to include th terminator in memory.
I'd have to see how ugly that would be.

> * logfs has ->follow_link equal to page_follow_link_light and
> NULL ->put_link. Obvious leak, and that one's -stable fodder - it had
> been there all way back to original merge. I'll send a fix in a minute.

logfs has been unmaintained since 2011, we might as well drop it..


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