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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/6] statx: Add a system call to make enhanced file info available
> 	int ret = statx(int dfd,
> const char *filename,
> unsigned int flags,
> unsigned int mask,
> struct statx *buffer);

Please move the flags and mask after the buffer, similar to how all
the AT_ flags were added to the end for the statat calls.

> AT_FORCE_ATTR_SYNC can be set in flags. This will require a network
> filesystem to synchronise its attributes with the server.
>
> AT_NO_ATTR_SYNC can be set in flags. This will suppress synchronisation
> with the server in a network filesystem. The resulting values should be
> considered approximate.

And what happens if neither is set?

> mask is a bitmask indicating the fields in struct statx that are of
> interest to the caller. The user should set this to STATX_BASIC_STATS to
> get the basic set returned by stat().

No a very good name for the constant. I don't really see how this macro
is useful to start with. And _ALL? sure, but what's basic?

> buffer points to the destination for the data. This must be 256 bytes in
> size.

256 bytes or sizeof(struct statx)? Even if they end up the same the
latter is a much more useful value.

> where st_information is local system information about the file,

What the heck is "local system information"? Please define each
newly added field in detail.

> st_gen is
> the inode generation number, st_btime is the file creation time, st_version
> is the data version number (i_version),

Please define semantics for st_gen and st_version.

> Time fields are split into separate seconds and nanoseconds fields to make
> packing easier and the granularities can be queried with the filesystem
> info system call. Note that times will be negative if before 1970; in such
> a case, the nanosecond fields should also be negative if not zero.

Please coordinate with Arnd on the timespamp format - I'd hate to have
a different encoding than he plans for all y2028/64-bit-time_t syscalls
to be added soon.

> STATX_MTIME Want/got st_mtime
> STATX_CTIME Want/got st_ctime
> STATX_INO Want/got st_ino
> STATX_SIZE Want/got st_size
> STATX_BLOCKS Want/got st_blocks
> STATX_BASIC_STATS [The stuff in the normal stat struct]
> STATX_BTIME Want/got st_btime
> STATX_VERSION Want/got st_data_version

What is st_data_version?

> STATX_GEN Want/got st_gen
> STATX_ALL_STATS [All currently available stuff]

Where does the STATS_ come from? Why no simply _ALL?

How are the semantics defined when userspace asks for fields not
available? I'd expect them to be ignored, but we should documentat that
fact.

> The defined bits in the st_information field give local system data on a
> file, how it is accessed, where it is and what it does:

Oh, here we get st_information. The name sounds very wrong for these
flags, though.

> STATX_INFO_ENCRYPTED File is encrypted

How do you define "encrypted", and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_TEMPORARY File is temporary

How do you define "temporary", and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_FABRICATED File was made up by filesystem

How do you define "fabricated", and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_KERNEL_API File is kernel API (eg: procfs/sysfs)

How do you define "kernel API" and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_REMOTE File is remote

How do you define "remote" and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_AUTOMOUNT Dir is automount trigger

How do you define "automount trigger" and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_AUTODIR Dir provides unlisted automounts

How do you define "unlisted automount" and what can the user do with this
information?

> STATX_INFO_NONSYSTEM_OWNERSHIP File has non-system ownership details

How do you define "non-system ownership" and what can the user do with this
information?

>
> These are for the use of GUI tools that might want to mark files specially,
> depending on what they are.

So far I don't see good definition of either flag, nor a good reason
to add.

> Fields in struct statx come in a number of classes:

I really disagree with all these special cases. You should get
what you ask for, or rather what you ask for IFF the fs can provide it.
And we need to document for each field if it's optional if we want
to treat it as option. A hodge podge bag of special cases is not an
API that a normal person can use.

> The following test program can be used to test the statx system call:
>
> samples/statx/test-statx.c

Please add xfstests test cases that test all the corner cases.

And please prepare a man page to document this system call properly.

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