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SubjectRe: file metadata via fs API (was: [GIT PULL] Filesystem Information)
On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:

> and then people do "$(srctree)/". If you haven't seen that kind of
> pattern where the pathname has two (or sometimes more!) slashes in the
> middle, you've led a very sheltered life.

Oh, I have. That's why I opted for triple slashes, since that should
work most of the time even in those concatenated cases. And yes, I
know, most is not always, and this might just be hiding bugs, etc...
I think the pragmatic approach would be to try this and see how many
triple slash hits a normal workload gets and if it's reasonably low,
then hopefully that together with warnings for O_ALT would be enough.

> (b) even if the new user space were to think about that, and remove
> those (hah! when have you ever seen user space do that?), as Al
> mentioned, the user *filesystem* might have pathnames with double
> slashes as part of symlinks.
>
> So now we'd have to make sure that when we traverse symlinks, that
> O_ALT gets cleared.

That's exactly what I implemented in the proof of concept patch.

> Which means that it's not a unified namespace
> after all, because you can't make symlinks point to metadata.

I don't think that's a great deal. Also I think other limitations
would make sense:

- no mounts allowed under ///
- no ./.. resolution after ///
- no hardlinks
- no special files, just regular and directory
- no seeking (regular or dir)

> cat my-file.tar/inside/the/archive.c
>
> or similar.
>
> Al has convinced me it's a horrible idea (and there you have a
> non-ambiguous marker: the slash at the end of a pathname that
> otherwise looks and acts as a non-directory)

Umm, can you remind me what's so horrible about that? Yeah, hard
linked directories are a no-no. But it doesn't have to be implemented
in a way to actually be a problem with hard links.

Thanks,
Miklos

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