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From: Hugh Dickins <>
To: Al Viro <>
Cc: Hugh Dickins <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <>,
	Matej Kupljen <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] tmpfs: fix link accounting when a tmpfile is linked in
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 23:23:14 -0800 (PST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <alpine.LSU.2.11.1902182311410.7559@eggly.anvils> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Tue, 19 Feb 2019, Al Viro wrote:
> 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 <>

It's Worth A Lot, thanks Al. And I apologize for the cheeky "Fixes"
line, when a fair view would blame me for earlier adding the
weirdness fixed.

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

Andrew usually gathers the mm/shmem.c mods (unless it's you doing an
fs-wide sweep), so I was pointing it towards him; and I don't think it's
in dire need of a last minute rush to 5.0, though no harm in there either.
I'll say leave it to Andrew - and leave it to him to say the reverse :)


  reply	other threads:[~2019-02-19  7:23 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
2019-02-19  7:23   ` Hugh Dickins [this message]
2019-02-19  7:23     ` Hugh Dickins

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