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Subject[RFC][PATCH v2 11/34] lookup_fast(): consolidate the RCU success case
From: Al Viro <>

1) in case of __follow_mount_rcu() failure, lookup_fast() proceeds
to call unlazy_child() and, should it succeed, handle_mounts().
Note that we have status > 0 (or we wouldn't be calling
__follow_mount_rcu() at all), so all stuff conditional upon
non-positive status won't be even touched.

Consolidate just that sequence after the call of __follow_mount_rcu().

2) calling d_is_negative() and keeping its result is pointless -
we either don't get past checking ->d_seq (and don't use the results of
d_is_negative() at all), or we are guaranteed that ->d_inode and
type bits of ->d_flags had been consistent at the time of d_is_negative()
call. IOW, we could only get to the use of its result if it's
equal to !inode. The same ->d_seq check guarantees that after that point
this CPU won't observe ->d_flags values older than ->d_inode update.
So 'negative' variable is completely pointless these days.

Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
fs/namei.c | 7 ++++---
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/namei.c b/fs/namei.c
index 033f91a72bb5..53e859b80b4c 100644
--- a/fs/namei.c
+++ b/fs/namei.c
@@ -1631,7 +1631,6 @@ static int lookup_fast(struct nameidata *nd,
if (nd->flags & LOOKUP_RCU) {
unsigned seq;
- bool negative;
dentry = __d_lookup_rcu(parent, &nd->last, &seq);
if (unlikely(!dentry)) {
if (unlazy_walk(nd))
@@ -1644,7 +1643,6 @@ static int lookup_fast(struct nameidata *nd,
* the dentry name information from lookup.
*inode = d_backing_inode(dentry);
- negative = d_is_negative(dentry);
if (unlikely(read_seqcount_retry(&dentry->d_seq, seq)))
return -ECHILD;

@@ -1665,12 +1663,15 @@ static int lookup_fast(struct nameidata *nd,
* Note: do negative dentry check after revalidation in
* case that drops it.
- if (unlikely(negative))
+ if (unlikely(!inode))
return -ENOENT;
path->mnt = mnt;
path->dentry = dentry;
if (likely(__follow_mount_rcu(nd, path, inode, seqp)))
return 1;
+ if (unlazy_child(nd, dentry, seq))
+ return -ECHILD;
+ return handle_mounts(nd, dentry, path, inode, seqp);
if (unlazy_child(nd, dentry, seq))
return -ECHILD;
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