Re: [PATCH 13/41] whiteout: tmpfs whiteout support
From: Valerie Aurora
Date: Wed Jan 20 2010 - 21:03:47 EST
On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 01:26:53AM -0500, Erez Zadok wrote:
> In message <1256152779-10054-14-git-send-email-vaurora@xxxxxxxxxx>, Valerie Aurora writes:
> > From: Jan Blunck <jblunck@xxxxxxx>
> > Add support for whiteout dentries to tmpfs.
> Shouldn't you CC Hugh Dickins here? He's probably best positioned to review
> the changes in mm/shmem.c.
Thanks, I added him and linux-mm.
> > XXX - Not sure this is the right patch to put the code for supporting
> > whiteouts in d_genocide().
> > Signed-off-by: Jan Blunck <jblunck@xxxxxxx>
> > Signed-off-by: David Woodhouse <dwmw2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Signed-off-by: Valerie Aurora <vaurora@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > fs/dcache.c | 3 +-
> > mm/shmem.c | 149 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
> > 2 files changed, 137 insertions(+), 15 deletions(-)
> > diff --git a/fs/dcache.c b/fs/dcache.c
> > index 0fcae4b..1fae1df 100644
> > --- a/fs/dcache.c
> > +++ b/fs/dcache.c
> > @@ -2280,7 +2280,8 @@ resume:
> > struct list_head *tmp = next;
> > struct dentry *dentry = list_entry(tmp, struct dentry, d_u.d_child);
> > next = tmp->next;
> > - if (d_unhashed(dentry)||!dentry->d_inode)
> > + if (d_unhashed(dentry)||(!dentry->d_inode &&
> > + !d_is_whiteout(dentry)))
> I think this d_genocide patch should go elsewhere. What does it have to do
> with tmpfs?
Without this patch, you can't unmount a tmpfs file system with
whiteouts. d_genocide() is called by kill_litter_super() to evict all
the dcache entries used by tmpfs.
> Also, is your logic above correct? If I understood d_genocide correctly,
> then the code you changed attempts to skip over dentries for which
> d_genocide has no work to do, like unhashed and negative dentries. So I
> assume it should also skip over whiteout dentries. Your condition is
> if (d_unhashed(dentry) || (!dentry->d_inode && !d_is_whiteout(dentry)))
> but perhaps it needs to be
> if (d_unhashed(dentry) || !dentry->d_inode || d_is_whiteout(dentry))
> Either way, you may want to document any complex conditional that may be
> confusing to parse.
This is a good thing to document. What we're dealing with here is
dropping the ref count on persistent dentries. How about this comment?
* Skip unhashed and negative dentries, but process
* positive dentries and whiteouts. A whiteout looks
* kind of like a negative dentry for purposes of
* lookup, but it has an extra pinning ref count
* because it can't be evicted like a negative dentry
* can. What we care about here is ref counts - and
* we need to drop the ref count on a whiteout before
* we can evict it.
if (d_unhashed(dentry)||(!dentry->d_inode &&
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