Re: [RFC v2 1/4] fs: Add generic file system event notifications

From: Greg KH
Date: Wed Apr 29 2015 - 11:55:32 EST

On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 05:48:14PM +0200, Beata Michalska wrote:
> On 04/29/2015 03:45 PM, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 01:10:34PM +0200, Beata Michalska wrote:
> >>>>> It needs to be done internally by the app but is doable.
> >>>>> The app knows what it is watching, so it can maintain the mappings.
> >>>>> So prior to activating the notifications it can call 'stat' on the mount point.
> >>>>> Stat struct gives the 'st_dev' which is the device id. Same will be reported
> >>>>> within the message payload (through major:minor numbers). So having this,
> >>>>> the app is able to get any other information it needs.
> >>>>> Note that the events refer to the file system as a whole and they may not
> >>>>> necessarily have anything to do with the actual block device.
> >>>
> >>> How are you going to show an event for a filesystem that is made up of
> >>> multiple block devices?
> >>
> >> AFAIK, for such filesystems there will be similar case with the anonymous
> >> major:minor numbers - at least the btrfs is doing so. Not sure we can
> >> differentiate here the actual block device. So in this case such events
> >> serves merely as a hint for the userspace.
> >
> > "hint" seems like this isn't really going to work well.
> >
> > Do you have userspace code that can properly map this back to the "real"
> > device that is causing problems? Without that, this doesn't seem all
> > that useful as no one would be able to use those events.
> I'm not sure we are on the same page here.
> This is about watching the file system rather than the 'real' device.
> Like the threshold notifications: you would like to know when you
> will be approaching certain level of available space for the tmpfs
> mounted on /tmp. You do know you are watching the /tmp
> and you know that the dev numbers for this are 0:20 (or so).
> (either through calling stat on /tmp or through reading the /proc/$$/mountinfo)
> With this interface you can setup threshold levels
> for /tmp. Then, once the limit is reached the event will be
> sent with those anonymous major:minor numbers.
> I can provide a sample code which will demonstrate how this
> can be achieved.

Yes, example code would be helpful to understand this, thanks.

greg k-h
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