Re: [PATCH] reiserfs: fix handling of device names with /'s in them

From: Jeff Mahoney
Date: Mon Jul 17 2006 - 14:36:11 EST

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Hans Reiser wrote:
> Jeff Mahoney wrote:
>> Hans Reiser wrote:
>>> I don't understand your patch and cannot support it as it is written.
>>> Perhaps you can call me and explain it on the phone.
>> I seriously can't tell if you're deliberately trying to be difficult or
>> not. It's a simple "replace / with ! before sending the name to procfs."
>> Reiserfs requests that a procfs directory called
>> /proc/fs/reiserfs/<blockdev> be created. Some block devices contain
>> slashes, so with cciss/c123 it attempts to create a directory called
>> /proc/fs/reiserfs/cciss/c123, but cciss/ doesn't exist, shouldn't, and
>> never will.
> Why not check to see if it does not exist, and create it if not, as
> needed, and skip the !'s....?

1) Because then the behavior of /proc/fs/reiserfs/ would be
inconsistent. Devices that contain slashes end up being one level deeper
than other devices, which is silly and a userspace visible change. Tools
that wish to parse the information would then need added complexity to
traverse into the next level to reach that information.

2) The block-device-as-path-name-component behavior is already defined
by sysfs (/sys/block), and it should be consistent.

- -Jeff

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