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From: Amir Goldstein <>
To: Miklos Szeredi <>
Cc: Byron <>, Kevin Locke <>,
Subject: [PATCH] ovl: relax lookup error on mismatch origin ftype
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2021 13:28:26 +0300	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

We get occasional reports of lookup errors due to mismatched
origin ftype from users that re-format a lower squashfs image.

Commit 13c6ad0f45fd ("ovl: document lower modification caveats")
tries to discourage the practice of re-formating lower layers and
describes the expected behavior as undefined.

Commit b0e0f69731cd ("ovl: restrict lower null uuid for "xino=auto"")
limits the configurations in which origin file handles are followed.

In addition to these measures, change the behavior in case of detecting
a mismatch origin ftype in lookup to issue a warning, not follow origin,
but not fail the lookup operation either.

That should make overall more users happy without any big consequences.

Signed-off-by: Amir Goldstein <>


I am getting tired of dealing with lower squashfs related reports.
How about this?

It passes the xfstests quick tests and no, I do not have a reproducer
for origin mismatch, so will wait for Byron to test the patch.


 fs/overlayfs/namei.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/namei.c b/fs/overlayfs/namei.c
index 71e264e2f16b..850c0a37f1f0 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/namei.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/namei.c
@@ -392,7 +392,7 @@ int ovl_check_origin_fh(struct ovl_fs *ofs, struct ovl_fh *fh, bool connected,
 			    upperdentry, d_inode(upperdentry)->i_mode & S_IFMT,
 			    d_inode(origin)->i_mode & S_IFMT);
-	return -EIO;
+	return -EINVAL;
 static int ovl_check_origin(struct ovl_fs *ofs, struct dentry *upperdentry,
@@ -408,7 +408,7 @@ static int ovl_check_origin(struct ovl_fs *ofs, struct dentry *upperdentry,
 	if (err) {
-		if (err == -ESTALE)
+		if (err == -ESTALE || err == -EINVAL)
 			return 0;
 		return err;

             reply	other threads:[~2021-04-27 10:29 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-27 10:28 Amir Goldstein [this message]
     [not found] ` <>
2021-04-30 16:16   ` Amir Goldstein
     [not found]     ` <>
2021-05-06 10:25       ` Amir Goldstein
     [not found]         ` <>
2021-05-07  6:09           ` Amir Goldstein
2021-07-21 13:10 ` Miklos Szeredi
2021-07-21 14:16   ` Amir Goldstein
2021-07-21 14:33     ` Miklos Szeredi
2021-07-21 14:46       ` Amir Goldstein

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