Re: [PATCH] cleanup for fixing get_super() races

From: Martin Dalecki (
Date: Sun Apr 29 2001 - 07:28:54 EST

Alexander Viro wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Apr 2001, Martin Dalecki wrote:
> > I think in the context you are inventig the proposed function,
> > the drivers has allways an inode at hand. And contrary to what Linus
> Read the patch. Almost all cases are of the "loop over partitions of foo"
> kind.
> > says, drivers not just know about the devices they handle, they
> > know about the data they should get - at least in the context
> > of block devices. And then you could as well pass the inode, which
> > is already containing a refference to the corresponding sb and
> > save the whole get_super linear array lookup 8-). I think
> No, you don't. Moreover, inode of device (even if you had it) _doesn't_
> contain a reference to sb of filesystem mounted from that device.

Ohhh sorry right, I just did forget to have an checking look at the code
before actual rammbling... It must had been some reminiscent from
some other expermient with the kernel code I did recently that confused
Sorry again...

> > the less kdev_t the better! It's overused already anyway, like
> > for example in the whole SCSI code, where the functions in reality only
> > want to pass the minor number to differentiate they behaviour...

This however I still hold up...

> > If you are gogin to flag the behaviour of the function,
> > then please use a bitpattern of well definded flags as a parameter,
> > in a similiar way like it's done for example in many GUI libraries
> > (GTK, Motif and so on). This would make it far more readabel.
> /me looks at From:
> OK, Albert, what have you done with real Martin?
> OK, whoever you are - no, "expandable" interfaces of that sort are
> rotten idea. What we really need is to replace sync_dev with fsync_dev -
> it _is_ correct in such context. That's it - 1 bit of information, no
> bitmaps needed.
> /me is still boggled by the idea of somebody refereing to GTK as an
> example of style...

Ehm, only for the waythe flags get passed, not the rest of it.
You know if I see some parameter, taking possible values 0, 1, 2
then I mostly think that there should be some concrete names given to
them :-).
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