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SubjectRe: file metadata via fs API (was: [GIT PULL] Filesystem Information)
On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 07:16:37PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 6:33 PM Al Viro <> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 05:13:14PM +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> > > Why does it have to have a struct mount? It does not have to use
> > > dentry/mount based path lookup.
> >
> > What the fuck? So we suddenly get an additional class of objects
> > serving as kinda-sorta analogues of dentries *AND* now struct file
> > might refer to that instead of a dentry/mount pair - all on the VFS
> > level? And so do all the syscalls you want to allow for such "pathnames"?
> The only syscall I'd want to allow is open, everything else would be
> on the open files themselves.
> file->f_path can refer to an anon mount/inode, the real object is
> referred to by file->private_data.
> The change to namei.c would be on the order of ~10 lines. No other
> parts of the VFS would be affected.

If some of the things you open are directories (and you *have* said that
directories will be among those just upthread, and used references to
readdir() as argument in favour of your approach elsewhere in the thread),
you will have to do something about fchdir(). And that's the least of
the issues.

> Maybe I'm optimistic; we'll
> see...

> Now off to something completely different. Back on Tuesday.

... after the window closes. You know, it's really starting to look
like rather nasty tactical games...

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