Re: [PATCH 4/7] proc: Use d_invalidate in proc_prune_siblings_dcache

From: Eric W. Biederman
Date: Thu Feb 20 2020 - 18:41:19 EST

Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 10:54:20PM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 02:49:53PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> >
>> > The function d_prune_aliases has the problem that it will only prune
>> > aliases thare are completely unused. It will not remove aliases for
>> > the dcache or even think of removing mounts from the dcache. For that
>> > behavior d_invalidate is needed.
>> >
>> > To use d_invalidate replace d_prune_aliases with d_find_alias
>> > followed by d_invalidate and dput. This is safe and complete
>> > because no inode in proc has any hardlinks or aliases.
>> s/no inode.*/it's a fucking directory inode./
> Wait... You are using it for sysctls as well? Ho-hum... The thing is,
> for sysctls you are likely to run into consequent entries with the
> same superblock, making for a big pile of useless playing with
> ->s_active... And yes, that applied to mainline as well

Which is why I worked to merge the two cases since they were so close.
Fewer things to fix and more eyeballs on the code.