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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/25] VFS: Introduce filesystem information query syscall [ver #14]
On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 12:05:25PM +0200, Christian Brauner wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 03:08:45PM +0100, David Howells wrote:
> >
> > Hi Al,
> >
> > Here are a set of patches that adds a syscall, fsinfo(), that allows
> > attributes of a filesystem/superblock to be queried. Attribute values are
> > of four basic types:
> >
> > (1) Version dependent-length structure (size defined by type).
> >
> > (2) Variable-length string (up to PAGE_SIZE).
> >
> > (3) Array of fixed-length structures (up to INT_MAX size).
> >
> > (4) Opaque blob (up to INT_MAX size).
> >
> > Attributes can have multiple values in up to two dimensions and all the
> > values of a particular attribute must have the same type.
> >
> > Note that the attribute values *are* allowed to vary between dentries
> > within a single superblock, depending on the specific dentry that you're
> > looking at.
> >
> > I've tried to make the interface as light as possible, so integer/enum
> > attribute selector rather than string and the core does all the allocation
> > and extensibility support work rather than leaving that to the filesystems.
> > That means that for the first two attribute types, sb->s_op->fsinfo() may
> > assume that the provided buffer is always present and always big enough.
> >
> > Further, this removes the possibility of the filesystem gaining access to the
> > userspace buffer.
> >
> >
> > fsinfo() allows a variety of information to be retrieved about a filesystem
> > and the mount topology:
> >
> > (1) General superblock attributes:
> >
> > - The amount of space/free space in a filesystem (as statfs()).
> > - Filesystem identifiers (UUID, volume label, device numbers, ...)
> > - The limits on a filesystem's capabilities
> > - Information on supported statx fields and attributes and IOC flags.
> > - A variety single-bit flags indicating supported capabilities.
> > - Timestamp resolution and range.
> > - Sources (as per mount(2), but fsconfig() allows multiple sources).
> > - In-filesystem filename format information.
> > - Filesystem parameters ("mount -o xxx"-type things).
> > - LSM parameters (again "mount -o xxx"-type things).
> >
> > (2) Filesystem-specific superblock attributes:
> >
> > - Server names and addresses.
> > - Cell name.
> >
> > (3) Filesystem configuration metadata attributes:
> >
> > - Filesystem parameter type descriptions.
> > - Name -> parameter mappings.
> > - Simple enumeration name -> value mappings.
> >
> > (4) Mount topology:
> >
> > - General information about a mount object.
> > - Mount device name(s).
> > - Children of a mount object and their relative paths.
> >
> > (5) Information about what the fsinfo() syscall itself supports, including
> > the number of attibutes supported and the number of capability bits
> > supported.
>
> Phew, this patchset is a lot. It's good of course but can we please cut
> some of the more advanced features such as querying by mount id,
> submounts etc. pp. for now?
> I feel this would help with review and since your interface is
> extensible it's really not a big deal if we defer fancy features to
> later cycles after people had more time to review and the interface has
> seen some exposure.
>
> The mount api changes over the last months have honestly been so huge
> that any chance to make the changes smaller and easier to digest we
> should take. (I'm really not complaining. Good that the work is done and
> it's entirely ok that it's a lot of code.)
>
> It would also be great if after you have dropped some stuff from this
> patchset and gotten an Ack we could stuff it into linux-next for some
> time because it hasn't been so far...

And I also very much recommend to remove any potential cross-dependency
between the fsinfo() and the notification patchset.
Ideally, I'd like to see fsinfo() to be completely independent to not
block it on something way more controversial.
Furthermore, I can't possibly keep the context of another huge patchset
not yet merged in the back of my mind while reviewing this patchset. :)

Christian

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