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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] Ceph fixes for 5.1-rc7
On Thu, 2019-04-25 at 21:09 +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 02:23:59PM -0400, Jeff Layton wrote:
> > I took a quick look at the dcache code to see if we had something like
> > that before I did this, but I guess I didn't look closely enough. Those
> > routines do look nicer than my hand-rolled version.
> >
> > I'll look at spinning up a patch to switch that over in the near future.
> Jeff asked to put the name length in there; looking at the existing users,
> it does make sense. I propose turning struct name_snapshot into
> struct name_snapshot {
> struct qstr name;
> unsigned char inline_name[DNAME_INLINE_LEN];
> };
> with
> void take_dentry_name_snapshot(struct name_snapshot *name, struct dentry *dentry)
> {
> spin_lock(&dentry->d_lock);
> name->name = dentry->d_name;
> if (unlikely(dname_external(dentry))) {
> struct external_name *p = external_name(dentry);
> atomic_inc(&p->u.count);
> } else {
> memcpy(name->inline_name, dentry->d_iname,
> dentry->d_name.len + 1);
> name-> = name->inline_name;
> }
> spin_unlock(&dentry->d_lock);
> }
> and callers adjusted, initially simply by turning into
> Next step: overlayfs call site becoming
> take_dentry_name_snapshot(&name, real);
> this = lookup_one_len(, connected,;
> Next: snotify stuff switched to passing struct qstr * - fsnotify_move()
> first, then fsnotify(). That one would
> * leave callers passing NULL alone
> * have the callers passing pass &
> * fsnotify_dirent() pass the entire &dentry->d_name, not just
> dentry-> (that's dependent upon parent being held exclusive;
> devpts plays fast and loose here, relying upon the lack of any kind of
> renames, explicit or implicit, in that fs)
> * ditto for remaining call in fsnotify_move() (both parents
> are locked in all callers, thankfully)
> * ditto for fsnotify_link()
> * kernfs callers in kernfs_notify_workfn() would grow strlen().
> Next: send_to_group() and ->handle_event() instances switched to passing
> struct qstr *.
> Next: inotify_handle_event() doesn't need to bother with strlen().
> Next: audit_update_watch() and audit_compare_dname_path() switched to
> struct qstr *. Callers in __audit_inode_child() pass the entire
> &dentry->d_name. strlen() inside audit_compare_dname_path() goes away.
> Objections?

I have some patches that do what you lay out above. They build but I
haven't ran them through much testing yet.

It turns out though that using name_snapshot from ceph is a bit more
tricky. In some cases, we have to call ceph_mdsc_build_path to build up
a full path string. We can't easily populate a name_snapshot from there
because struct external_name is only defined in fs/dcache.c.

I could add some routines to do this, but it feels a lot like I'm
abusing internal dcache interfaces. I'll keep thinking about it though.

While we're on the subject though:

struct external_name {
union {
atomic_t count;
struct rcu_head head;
} u;
unsigned char name[];

Is it really ok to union the count and rcu_head there?

I haven't trawled through all of the code yet, but what prevents someone
from trying to access the count inside an RCU critical section, after
call_rcu has been called on it?

Jeff Layton <>

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