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SubjectRe: Should we split the network filesystem setup into two phases?
Steve French <> writes:

> On Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 2:56 AM Eric W. Biederman <> wrote:
>> David Howells <> writes:
>> > Having just re-ported NFS on top of the new mount API stuff, I find that I
>> > don't really like the idea of superblocks being separated by communication
>> > parameters - especially when it might seem reasonable to be able to adjust
>> > those parameters.
>> >
>> > Does it make sense to abstract out the remote peer and allow (a) that to be
>> > configured separately from any superblocks using it and (b) that to be used to
>> > create superblocks?
> <snip>
>> At least for devpts we always create a new filesystem instance every
>> time mount(2) is called. NFS seems to have the option to create a new
>> filesystem instance every time mount(2) is called as well, (even if the
>> filesystem parameters are the same). And depending on the case I can
>> see the attraction for other filesystems as well.
>> So I don't think we can completely abandon the option for filesystems
>> to always create a new filesystem instance when mount(8) is called.
> In cifs we attempt to match new mounts to existing tree connections
> (instances of connections to a \\server\share) from other mount(s)
> based first on whether security settings match (e.g. are both
> Kerberos) and then on whether encryption is on/off and whether this is
> a snapshot mount (smb3 previous versions feature). If neither is
> mounted with a snaphsot and the encryption settings match then
> we will use the same tree id to talk with the server as the other
> mounts use. Interesting idea to allow mount to force a new
> tree id.
> What was the NFS mount option you were talking about?
> Looking at the nfs man page the only one that looked similar
> was "nosharecache"

I was remembering this from reading the nfs mount code:

static int nfs_compare_super(struct super_block *sb, void *data)
if (!nfs_compare_super_address(old, server))
return 0;
if (old->flags & NFS_MOUNT_UNSHARED)
return 0;

If a filesystem has NFS_MOUNT_UNSHARED set it does not serve as a
candidate for new mount requests. Skimming the code it looks like
nosharecache is what sets NFS_MOUNT_UNSHARED.

Another interesting and common case is tmpfs which always creates a new
filesystem instance whenever it is mounted.


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