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From: Al Viro <>
To: Hugh Dickins <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <>,
	Matej Kupljen <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] tmpfs: fix link accounting when a tmpfile is linked in
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:48:07 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <alpine.LSU.2.11.1902182134370.7035@eggly.anvils>

On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 09:37:52PM -0800, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> From: "Darrick J. Wong" <>
> tmpfs has a peculiarity of accounting hard links as if they were separate
> inodes: so that when the number of inodes is limited, as it is by default,
> a user cannot soak up an unlimited amount of unreclaimable dcache memory
> just by repeatedly linking a file.
> But when v3.11 added O_TMPFILE, and the ability to use linkat() on the fd,
> we missed accommodating this new case in tmpfs: "df -i" shows that an
> extra "inode" remains accounted after the file is unlinked and the fd
> closed and the actual inode evicted.  If a user repeatedly links tmpfiles
> into a tmpfs, the limit will be hit (ENOSPC) even after they are deleted.
> Just skip the extra reservation from shmem_link() in this case: there's
> a sense in which this first link of a tmpfile is then cheaper than a
> hard link of another file, but the accounting works out, and there's
> still good limiting, so no need to do anything more complicated.
> Fixes: f4e0c30c191 ("allow the temp files created by open() to be linked to")
> Reported-by: Matej Kupljen <>
> Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <>
> Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <>

FWIW, Acked-by: Al Viro <>

Or I can drop it into vfs.git - up to you.

  reply	other threads:[~2019-02-19  5:48 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-02-19  5:37 Hugh Dickins
2019-02-19  5:37 ` Hugh Dickins
2019-02-19  5:48 ` Al Viro [this message]
2019-02-19  7:23   ` Hugh Dickins
2019-02-19  7:23     ` Hugh Dickins

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