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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ovl: make private mounts longterm
On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 6:08 PM Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
>
> On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 10:57:23AM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > Overlayfs is using clone_private_mount() to create internal mounts for
> > underlying layers. These are used for operations requiring a path, such as
> > dentry_open().
> >
> > Since these private mounts are not in any namespace they are treated as
> > short term, "detached" mounts and mntput() involves taking the global
> > mount_lock, which can result in serious cacheline pingpong.
> >
> > Make these private mounts longterm instead, which trade the penalty on
> > mntput() for a slightly longer shutdown time due to an added RCU grace
> > period when putting these mounts.
> >
> > Introduce a new helper kern_unmount_many() that can take care of multiple
> > longterm mounts with a single RCU grace period.
>
> Umm...
>
> 1) Documentation/filesystems/porting - something along the lines
> of "clone_private_mount() returns a longterm mount now, so the proper
> destructor of its result is kern_unmount()"
>
> 2) the name kern_unmount_many() has an unfortunate clash with
> fput_many(), with arguments that look similar and mean something
> entirely different. How about kern_unmount_array()?
>
> 3)
> > - mntput(ofs->upper_mnt);
> > - for (i = 1; i < ofs->numlayer; i++) {
> > - iput(ofs->layers[i].trap);
> > - mntput(ofs->layers[i].mnt);
> > +
> > + if (!ofs->layers) {
> > + /* Deal with partial setup */
> > + kern_unmount(ofs->upper_mnt);
> > + } else {
> > + /* Hack! Reuse ofs->layers as a mounts array */
> > + struct vfsmount **mounts = (struct vfsmount **) ofs->layers;
> > +
> > + for (i = 0; i < ofs->numlayer; i++) {
> > + iput(ofs->layers[i].trap);
> > + mounts[i] = ofs->layers[i].mnt;
> > + }
> > + kern_unmount_many(mounts, ofs->numlayer);
> > + kfree(ofs->layers);
>
> That's _way_ too subtle. AFAICS, you rely upon ->upper_mnt == ->layers[0].mnt,
> ->layers[0].trap == NULL, without even mentioning that. And the hack you do
> mention... Yecchhh... How many layers are possible, again?

500, mounts array would fit inside a page and a page can be allocated
with __GFP_NOFAIL. But why bother? It's not all that bad, is it?

Thanks,
Miklos

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