Re: [PATCH] for lost mail due to NFS cache/locking non-atomicity

Linus Torvalds (
Tue, 1 Dec 1998 20:02:13 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 1 Dec 1998, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> There's a pre-131-2 patch there on in the testing
> directory.

Oh, btw, I do know that "rmdir()" over NFS is currently broken as of
pre-131-2 - no need to tell me. There are two places in "nfs_rmdir()" that

if (dentry->d_count > 1)

and because the new code has to lock down the dentry to make sure the
inode doesn't go away from underneath it, the "1" should be a "2" due to
the magic extra reference count. That's the easy fix for pre-131-2, but
I'm looking into making the whole issue go away if at all possible rather
than just fixing up a magic constant.


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