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From: Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu>
To: Amir Goldstein <amir73il@gmail.com>
Cc: Eryu Guan <guaneryu@gmail.com>,
	overlayfs <linux-unionfs@vger.kernel.org>,
	fstests <fstests@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 0/5] Test overlayfs readdir cache
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:07:43 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAJfpeguHn32-BJV=986963SCGs8RwBN+fMEfRdwc1d_LFecFxw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210425071445.29547-1-amir73il@gmail.com>

On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 9:14 AM Amir Goldstein <amir73il@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Eryu,
>
> This extends the generic t_dir_offset2 helper program to verify
> some cases of missing/stale entries and adds a new generic test which
> passes on overlayfs (and other fs) on upstream kernel.
>
> The overlayfs specific test fails on upstream kernel and the fix commit
> is currently in linux-next.  As usual, you may want to wait with merging
> until the fix commit hits upstream.
>
> Based on feedback from Miklos, I changed the test to check for the
> missing/stale entries on a new fd, while old fd is kept open, because
> POSIX allows for stale/missing entries in the old fd.
>
> I was looking into another speculated bug in overlayfs which involves
> multiple calls to getdents.  Although it turned out that overlayfs does
> not have the speculated bug, I left both generic and overlay test with
> multiple calls to getdents in order to excersize the relevant code.
>
> The attached patch was used to verify that the overlayfs test excercises
> the call to ovl_cache_update_ino() with stale entries.
> Overlayfs populates the merge dir readdir cache with a list of files in
> the first getdents call, but updates d_ino of files on the list in
> subsequent getdents calls.  By that time, the last entry is stale and the
> following warning is printed (on linux-next with patch below applied):
> [   ] overlayfs: failed to look up (m100) for ino (0)
> [   ] overlayfs: failed to look up (f100) for ino (0)
>
> Miklos,
>
> Do you think it is worth the trouble to set p->is_whiteout and skip
> dir_emit() in this case? and do we need to worry about lookup_one_len()
> returning -ENOENT in this case?

So lookup_one_len() first does a cached lookup, and if found returns
that.  If not then it calls the filesystem's ->lookup() callback,
which in this case is ovl_lookup().  AFAICS ovl_lookup() will never
return ENOENT, even if the underlying filesystem does.

Which means it's not necessary to worry about that case.

The other case you found it that in case of a stale direntry the i_ino
update will be skipped and so it will return an inconsistent result,
right?   Fixing that looks worthwhile, yes.

Thanks,
Miklos

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-04-26 10:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-25  7:14 [PATCH v2 0/5] Test overlayfs readdir cache Amir Goldstein
2021-04-25  7:14 ` [PATCH v2 1/5] src/t_dir_offset2: Add an option to limit of buffer size Amir Goldstein
2021-04-25  7:14 ` [PATCH v2 2/5] src/t_dir_offset2: Add an option to find file by name Amir Goldstein
2021-04-25  7:14 ` [PATCH v2 3/5] src/t_dir_offset2: Add option to create or unlink file Amir Goldstein
2021-04-25  7:14 ` [PATCH v2 4/5] generic: Test readdir of modified directrory Amir Goldstein
2021-04-25  7:14 ` [PATCH v2 5/5] overlay: Test invalidate of readdir cache Amir Goldstein
2021-04-26 10:07 ` Miklos Szeredi [this message]
2021-04-26 10:15   ` [PATCH v2 0/5] Test overlayfs " Amir Goldstein
2021-04-26 13:12     ` Miklos Szeredi
2021-04-26 15:22       ` Amir Goldstein

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