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From: David Howells <>
To: Miklos Szeredi <>
Cc:, Al Viro <>,
	Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Linux-Fsdevel <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: Can ovl_drop_write() be called earlier in ovl_dentry_open()
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:53:49 +0100	[thread overview]
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Miklos Szeredi <> wrote:

> >> Hmm,  that could result in a race where remount r/o of upper fs comes
> >> in between copy-up and vfs_open() so copy-up succeeds but the actual
> >> open fails.  It's harmless, though, and not  very likely.  So I guess
> >> your patch is OK.
> >
> > That race is there anyway if there's no copy up, right?
> No.  The race I'm talking about is that with your patch it's possible
> that the file will be copied up, but open will return -EROFS.

Ah, I see what you're getting at.

> Without your patch, that is not possible since holding write counter
> for the mnt over both the copy-up and the open ensures that the
> filesystem cannot become read-only in the middle.
> So your patch changes behavior, but the new behavior is acceptable,
> because there's no major change in semantics (it should only be
> detectable by the increased disk usage in the rare case of the failed
> open).



      parent reply	other threads:[~2015-06-01 15:53 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2015-06-01 13:52 David Howells
2015-06-01 14:21 ` [PATCH] overlay: Call ovl_drop_write() " David Howells
2015-06-01 14:22 ` Can ovl_drop_write() be called " Miklos Szeredi
2015-06-01 15:45 ` David Howells
2015-06-01 15:51   ` Miklos Szeredi
2015-06-01 15:53   ` David Howells [this message]

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