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SubjectRe: file metadata via fs API (was: [GIT PULL] Filesystem Information)
On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 04:22:19PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 4:08 PM Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 03:54:19PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > On Wed, Aug 05, 2020 at 10:24:23AM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > > On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 4:36 PM Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > I think we already lost that with the xattr API, that should have been
> > > > > done in a way that fits this philosophy. But given that we have "/"
> > > > > as the only special purpose char in filenames, and even repetitions
> > > > > are allowed, it's hard to think of a good way to do that. Pity.
> > > >
> > > > One way this could be solved is to allow opting into an alternative
> > > > path resolution mode.
> > > >
> > > > E.g.
> > > > openat(AT_FDCWD, "foo/bar//mnt/info", O_RDONLY | O_ALT);
> > >
> > > Proof of concept patch and test program below.
> > >
> > > Opted for triple slash in the hope that just maybe we could add a global
> > > /proc/sys/fs/resolve_alt knob to optionally turn on alternative (non-POSIX) path
> > > resolution without breaking too many things. Will try that later...
> > >
> > > Comments?
> >
> > Hell, NO. This is unspeakably tasteless. And full of lovely corner cases wrt
> > symlink bodies, etc.
>
> It's disabled inside symlink body resolution.
>
> Rules are simple:
>
> - strip off trailing part after first instance of ///
> - perform path lookup as normal
> - resolve meta path after /// on result of normal lookup

... and interpolation of relative symlink body into the pathname does change
behaviour now, *including* the cases when said symlink body does not contain
that triple-X^Hslash garbage. Wonderful...

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