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SubjectRe: Revised statx(2) man page for review [and AT_EMPTY_PATH question]
Hi David,

On 26 April 2017 at 17:10, David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com> wrote:
> Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) <mtk.manpages@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> > This indicates what stx_attributes the VFS and filesystem actually support.
>> >
>> >> __s32 tv_nsec; /* Nanoseconds before or since tv_sec */
>> >
>> > If you're going to do Dmitry's suggestion, then this needs to be __u32 and you
>> > should remove "before or".
>>
>> I think the question is rather: what is going to be done to the API?
>> Will it be changed as Dmitry suggests?
>
> I've forwarded Dmitry's patch to this effect.

The man page now corresponds.

>> Having two ways to do something is odd, and redundant. Note
>> of the other APIs that provide this functionality do so
>> in both ways, AFAIK. It's not a big problem, but certainly
>> strange. If you settle on having just one, then I'd say
>> choose AT_EMPTY_PATH.
>
> If I choose that, I presume I would have to give EINVAL if the path is NULL or
> anything other than ""?

AFAICS, just set lookup_flags to include LOOKUP_EMPTY and
getname_flags() does the rest. (Essentially, AT_EMPTY_PATH is a safety
catch for an empty path: if the path is nonempty, it is interpreted as
usual, othewise if it is empty, you get ENOENT unless AT_EMPTY_PATH is
also set.

>> Under ERRORS I added:
>>
>> .TP
>> .B EINVAL
>> Reserved flag specified in
>> .IR mask .
>>
>> Okay?
>
> That's fine.

Thanks.

>> >> It should be noted that the kernel may return fields that
>> >> weren't requested and may fail to return fields that were
>> >> requested, depending on what the backing filesystem supports.
>> >
>> > Maybe add "and can be safely ignored" in there somewhere since this seems to
>> > be upsetting people.
>>
>> You say "in there somewhere", but it's not quite clear to me which piece
>> this applies to. Could you propose a wording please.
>
> Can you do footnotes in roff?
>
> It should be noted that the kernel may return fields that
> weren't requested[*] and may fail to return fields that were
> requested, depending on what the backing filesystem supports.
>
> [*] These can be safely ignored.
>
> Or maybe:
>
> It should be noted that the kernel may return fields that
> weren't requested and may fail to return fields that were
> requested, depending on what the backing filesystem supports.
> Fields that are given values despite being unrequested can just
> be ignored.

I took the second approach.

>> >> If a filesystem does not support a field or if it has an unrep‐
>> >> resentable value (for instance, a file with an exotic type),
>> >> then the mask bit corresponding to that field will be cleared
>> >> in stx_mask even if the user asked for it and a dummy value
>> >> will be filled in for compatibility purposes if one is avail‐
>> >> able (e.g., a dummy UID and GID may be specified to mount under
>> >> some circumstances).
>> >
>> > I don't promise a dummy value for any "extended" field other than zero.
>>
>> I don't know what you mean to say here. Do you mean some
>> text in the page should change?
>
> The paragraph promises a "dummy value will be filled in for compatibility
> purposes if one is available", but doesn't place any restriction on the fields
> towhich this applies. This is only true of the basic stat fields; all other
> fields will be cleared if not set.
>
> Maybe we can just leave this as is. We're not promising a dummy field will
> *always* be emplaced. We can always say that they're just not available for
> extended fields if someone asks.
>
> Maybe the best thing to do is to simply add "and cleared otherwise." to the
> end of the paragraph.

Two points:
* You do realize the text about "dummy values" was your original text?
* Adding "and cleared otherwise" to end of the paragraph doesn't make
sense. I'll leave the text as is, but if you want to propose a more
complete phrasing, let me know.

>> > Should this list either be in alphabetical order or offset-in-struct order?
>>
>> Probably the same order as the struct.
>
> Sounds good.

Already done.

>> Added. But, what does "no usable value here" mean? (The relationship
>> between stx_attributes_mask and stx_attributes still isn't
>> so clear to me.
>
> It's not so obvious with the bits that are currently defined. But I have a
> patch that adds Windows attribute bits also (for cifs, ntfs, fat, ...). What
> does it mean, say, if the archive bit is clear? Does it mean that archive
> isn't set in the fs or that the fs doesn't support it?
>
> Further, I have plans to add a 'setattrx' syscall that takes a statx struct
> and calls notify_change() with its contents in the kernel. If I do that, I
> need to indicate to notify_change() what changes should be effected. stx_mask
> covers most of the fields, but not stx_attributes. Some of these attributes
> would be alterable.
>
> Would you prefer it to be reverted for the moment?

To what does "it" refer?

Anyway, I think we do need some better text describing these two
fields and the difference between them. Can you come up with
something?

Cheers,

Michael



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