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From: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
To: Chengguang Xu <cgxu519@mykernel.net>
Cc: miklos <miklos@szeredi.hu>, amir73il <amir73il@gmail.com>,
	jack <jack@suse.cz>,
	linux-unionfs <linux-unionfs@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 1/5] fs: introduce notifier list for vfs inode
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 05:57:41 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20201015045741.GP3576660@ZenIV.linux.org.uk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1752a5a7164.e9a05b8943438.8099134270028614634@mykernel.net>

On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 11:42:51AM +0800, Chengguang Xu wrote:
>  ---- 在 星期四, 2020-10-15 11:25:01 Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> 撰写 ----
>  > On Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 10:23:51PM +0800, Chengguang Xu wrote:
>  > > Currently there is no notification api for kernel about modification
>  > > of vfs inode, in some use cases like overlayfs, this kind of notification
>  > > will be very helpful to implement containerized syncfs functionality.
>  > > As the first attempt, we introduce marking inode dirty notification so that
>  > > overlay's inode could mark itself dirty as well and then only sync dirty
>  > > overlay inode while syncfs.
>  > 
>  > Who's responsible for removing the crap from notifier chain?  And how does
>  > that affect the lifetime of inode?
>  
> In this case, overlayfs unregisters call back from the notifier chain of upper inode
> when evicting it's own  inode. It will not affect the lifetime of upper inode because
> overlayfs inode holds a reference of upper inode that means upper inode will not be
> evicted while overlayfs inode is still alive.

Let me see if I've got it right:
	* your chain contains 1 (for upper inodes) or 0 (everything else, i.e. the
vast majority of inodes) recepients
	* recepient pins the inode for as long as the recepient exists

That looks like a massive overkill, especially since all you are propagating is
dirtying the suckers.  All you really need is one bit in your inode + hash table
indexed by the address of struct inode (well, middle bits thereof, as usual).
With entries embedded into overlayfs-private part of overlayfs inode.  And callback
to be called stored in that entry...

  reply	other threads:[~2020-10-15  4:57 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-10-10 14:23 [RFC PATCH 0/5] implement containerized syncfs for overlayfs Chengguang Xu
2020-10-10 14:23 ` [RFC PATCH 1/5] fs: introduce notifier list for vfs inode Chengguang Xu
2020-10-14 16:15   ` Jan Kara
2020-10-15  3:03     ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-15  6:11       ` Amir Goldstein
2020-10-15 11:29         ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-15 12:32           ` Amir Goldstein
2020-10-15 13:13             ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-15 16:02               ` Amir Goldstein
2020-10-15 16:06                 ` Amir Goldstein
2020-10-16  1:56                 ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-16  4:39                   ` Amir Goldstein
2020-10-16  7:43                     ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-15  3:25   ` Al Viro
2020-10-15  3:42     ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-15  4:57       ` Al Viro [this message]
2020-10-15 10:56         ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-16  7:09         ` Chengguang Xu
2020-10-16  9:22           ` Jan Kara
2020-10-10 14:23 ` [RFC PATCH 2/5] fs: export symbol of writeback_single_inode() Chengguang Xu
2020-10-10 14:23 ` [RFC PATCH 3/5] ovl: setup overlayfs' private bdi Chengguang Xu
2020-10-10 14:23 ` [RFC PATCH 4/5] ovl: monitor marking dirty activity of underlying upper inode Chengguang Xu
2020-10-10 14:23 ` [RFC PATCH 5/5] ovl: impement containerized syncfs for overlayfs Chengguang Xu

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