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SubjectRe: file metadata via fs API (was: [GIT PULL] Filesystem Information)
On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 5:08 PM Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 04:46:20PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
>
> > > "Can those suckers be passed to
> > > ...at() as starting points?
> >
> > No.
>
> Lovely. And what of fchdir() to those?

Not allowed.

> Are they all non-directories?
> Because the starting point of ...at() can be simulated that way...
>
> > > Can they be bound in namespace?
> >
> > No.
> >
> > > Can something be bound *on* them?
> >
> > No.
> >
> > > What do they have for inodes
> > > and what maintains their inumbers (and st_dev, while we are at
> > > it)?
> >
> > Irrelevant. Can be some anon dev + shared inode.
> >
> > The only attribute of an attribute that I can think of that makes
> > sense would be st_size, but even that is probably unimportant.
> >
> > > Can _they_ have secondaries like that (sensu Swift)?
> >
> > Reference?
>
> http://www.online-literature.com/swift/3515/
> So, naturalists observe, a flea
> Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
> And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
> And so proceed ad infinitum.
> of course ;-)
> IOW, can the things in those trees have secondary trees on them, etc.?
> Not "will they have it in your originally intended use?" - "do we need
> the architecture of the entire thing to be capable to deal with that?"

No.

>
> > > Is that a flat space, or can they be directories?"
> >
> > Yes it has a directory tree. But you can't mkdir, rename, link,
> > symlink, etc on anything in there.
>
> That kills the "shared inode" part - you'll get deadlocks from
> hell that way.

No. The shared inode is not for lookup, just for the open file.

> "Can't mkdir" doesn't save you from that. BTW,
> what of unlink()? If the tree shape is not a hardwired constant,
> you get to decide how it's initially populated...
>
> Next: what will that tree be attached to? As in, "what's the parent
> of its root"? And while we are at it, what will be the struct mount
> used with those - same as the original file, something different
> attached to it, something created on the fly for each pathwalk and
> lazy-umounted? And see above re fchdir() - if they can be directories,
> it's very much in the game.

Why does it have to have a struct mount? It does not have to use
dentry/mount based path lookup.

Thanks,
Miklos

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