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SubjectRe: [PATCH 14/39] ovl: stack file ops
On Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 6:13 AM, Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 04:43:14PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
>> Implement file operations on a regular overlay file. The underlying file
>> is opened separately and cached in ->private_data.
>>
>> It might be worth making an exception for such files when accounting in
>> nr_file to confirm to userspace expectations. We are only adding a small
>> overhead (248bytes for the struct file) since the real inode and dentry are
>> pinned by overlayfs anyway.
>>
>> This patch doesn't have any effect, since the vfs will use d_real() to find
>> the real underlying file to open. The patch at the end of the series will
>> actually enable this functionality.
>
>> +static struct file *ovl_open_realfile(const struct file *file)
>> +{
>> + struct inode *inode = file_inode(file);
>> + struct inode *upperinode = ovl_inode_upper(inode);
>> + struct inode *realinode = upperinode ?: ovl_inode_lower(inode);
>> + struct file *realfile;
>> + const struct cred *old_cred;
>> +
>> + old_cred = ovl_override_creds(inode->i_sb);
>> + realfile = path_open(&file->f_path, file->f_flags | O_NOATIME,
>> + realinode, current_cred(), false);
>> + revert_creds(old_cred);
>> +
>> + pr_debug("open(%p[%pD2/%c], 0%o) -> (%p, 0%o)\n",
>> + file, file, upperinode ? 'u' : 'l', file->f_flags,
>> + realfile, IS_ERR(realfile) ? 0 : realfile->f_flags);
>> +
>> + return realfile;
>> +}
>
> IDGI. OK, you open a file in the layer you want; good, but why the hell do you
> *not* use the dentry/vfsmount from the same layer?
>
> IOW, why does your path_open() get an explicit inode argument at all? With the
> rest of the work done in that series it looks like you should be able to use
> vfs_open() instead... Sure, for ovlfs file you want ->f_path on overlayfs and
> not in a layer, but why do the same for those?

I'd really like to get there some time but...

List of basic requirements:

- Private mmap of overlay file shares page cache with lower file (and
hence with all other overlays using the same lower file).

- /proc/PID/maps shows correct path.

Thought about setting f_mapping/i_mapping of overlay file to that of
underlying file. But that breaks when doing a copy-up. We can't just
go and change those mapping pointers, assumption is that those remain
constant (we'd need READ_ONCE() for all cases where we use the mapping
more than once). It's probably doable, but it's a large and fragile
change.

Thanks,
Miklos

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