Re: Unionmount status?

From: Ric Wheeler
Date: Wed Apr 13 2011 - 15:11:51 EST

On 04/13/2011 02:58 PM, Michal Suchanek wrote:
On 13 April 2011 19:26, Ric Wheeler<ricwheeler@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 04/12/2011 05:36 PM, Michal Suchanek wrote:
On 12 April 2011 22:31, Ric Wheeler<ricwheeler@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 04/12/2011 11:00 AM, Michal Suchanek wrote:

as some already know the Unionmount VFS union which has been in
development for some years now is the only True Union (TM) that can be
accepted into the kernel mainline by the VFS maintainers (for reasons
of their own which you can surely find if you search the web or ask
them directly).

The current UnionMount version that can be found here:;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/ext2_works

works for me as good as aufs does. That is I can build a live CD using
this unioning solution and it boots and runs without any apparent

There are probably many possible uses of the union which I did not
test nor did I test long term stability of using the unioned
filesystem. As far as ephemeral live systems go it works fine for me,

The issue is that while the code is (nearly) finished it is not yet
merged into mainline and as I am not familiar with the details of
ever-changing Linux VFS layer forward-porting this code to current
kernels is somewhat challenging.

What is the plan with unionmount now?

What is required for it to be merged into mainline?


Hi Michal,

People are actively looking to see what union mount (or overlayfs)
to pursue. Val has shifted her focus away from kernel hacking these days,
but did refresh her patch set in the last month or so.
I am not aware of such refreshed patch set, at least it is not
published in her repo.

Val posted the refreshed patches with the title on March 22nd:

That article references the same four months old repo which I
mentioned at the start of the thread, only a slightly different

While it maybe useful for testing unionmount (which I already tried)
it is not a patch against current kernel which could be used to build
current live images.



She did post the patch series that same date in March - you can probably grab the series from linux-fsdevel, look for this series:

"[PATCH 00/74] Union mounts version something or other"

Al Viro was planning on looking at her refreshed patches (he had reviewed them with her in person), but that is not going to happen any time soon so getting more eyes and testing would be great!


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