Re: [RFC PATCH] xfs: support for non-mmu architectures

From: Octavian Purdila
Date: Fri Nov 20 2015 - 09:26:34 EST

On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 2:58 AM, Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 12:54:02AM +0100, Richard Weinberger wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 12:24 AM, Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 12:46:21AM +0200, Octavian Purdila wrote:
>> >> Naive implementation for non-mmu architectures: allocate physically
>> >> contiguous xfs buffers with alloc_pages. Terribly inefficient with
>> >> memory and fragmentation on high I/O loads but it may be good enough
>> >> for basic usage (which most non-mmu architectures will need).
>> >
>> > Can you please explain why you want to use XFS on low end, basic
>> > non-MMU devices? XFS is a high performance, enterprise/HPC level
>> > filesystem - it's not a filesystem designed for small IoT level
>> > devices - so I'm struggling to see why we'd want to expend any
>> > effort to make XFS work on such devices....
>> The use case is the Linux Kernel Library:
>> Using LKL and fuse you can mount any kernel filesystem using fuse
>> as non-root.
> IOWs, because we said no to unprivileged mounts, instead the
> proposal is to linking all the kernel code into userspace so you can
> do unprivielged mounts that way?

LKL's goal is to make it easy for various applications to reuse Linux
kernel code instead of re-implementing it. Mounting filesystem images
is just one of the applications.

> IOWs, you get to say "it secure because it's in userspace" and leave
> us filesystem people with all the shit that comes with allowing
> users to mount random untrusted filesystem images using code that
> was never designed to allow that to happen?

It is already possible to mount arbitrary filesystem images in
userspace using VMs . LKL doesn't change that, it just reduces the
amount of dependencies you need to do so.

Could you expand of what burden does this use-case put on fs
developers? I am sure that, if needed, we can put restrictions in LKL
to avoid that.
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