Re: [PATCH] namei: revert old behaviour for filename_lookup with LOOKUP_PARENT flag

From: Al Viro
Date: Thu Oct 13 2016 - 16:08:32 EST

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 07:58:51PM +0000, Vineeth Remanan Pillai wrote:
> filename_lookup used to return success for non-existing file when called
> with LOOKUP_PARENT flag. This behaviour was changed with
> commit 8bcb77fabd7c ("namei: split off filename_lookupat()
> The above patch split parent lookup functionality to a different function
> filename_parentat and changed all calls to filename_lookup(LOOKUP_PARENT)
> to the new function filename_parentat. But functions like kern_path which
> passed the flags directly to filename_lookup regressed due to this.
> This patch aims to fix the regressed behaviour by calling
> filename_parentat from filename_lookup if the flags contain LOOKUP_PARENT.

What would we want that for? Details, please. In particular, I would like
to know how to use that in non-racy way. What are you doing with it?

PS: "regressed" assumes that there had been any promise of API stability;
no such thing has ever existed.