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From: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
To: James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com>
Cc: dhowells@redhat.com, viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk,
	Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu>,
	Andreas Dilger <adilger.kernel@dilger.ca>,
	Eric Biggers <ebiggers@kernel.org>,
	Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>,
	linux-ext4@vger.kernel.org,
	Carlos Maiolino <cmaiolino@redhat.com>,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <darrick.wong@oracle.com>,
	linux-api@vger.kernel.org, torvalds@linux-foundation.org,
	raven@themaw.net, mszeredi@redhat.com, christian@brauner.io,
	jannh@google.com, kzak@redhat.com, jlayton@redhat.com,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 00/18] VFS: Filesystem information [ver #21]
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:13:48 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <2329129.1596647628@warthog.procyon.org.uk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1596555579.10158.23.camel@HansenPartnership.com>

James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@HansenPartnership.com> wrote:

> It sort of petered out into a long winding thread about why not use
> sysfs instead, which really doesn't look like a good idea to me.

It seemed to turn into a set of procfs symlinks that pointed at a bunch of
sysfs stuff - or possibly some special filesystem.

> Could I make a suggestion about how this should be done in a way that
> doesn't actually require the fsinfo syscall at all: it could just be
> done with fsconfig.

I'd prefer to keep it separate.  The interface for fsconfig() is intended to
move stuff into the kernel, not out of it.  Better to add a parallel syscall
to go the other way (kind of like we have setxattr/getxattr, sendmsg/recvmsg).

Further, fsinfo() can refer directly to a file/fd/mount/whatever, but
fsconfig() doesn't do that.  You have to use fspick() to get a context before
you can use fsconfig().  Now, that's fine if you want to gather several pieces
of information from a particular object, but it's not so good if you want to
get one piece of information from each of several objects.

> ... make it table configured...

I did, kind of (though I didn't call it that).  Al rewrote the code to get rid
of it.

David


      parent reply	other threads:[~2020-08-05 19:26 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 49+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-03 13:36 David Howells
2020-08-03 13:36 ` [PATCH 01/18] fsinfo: Introduce a non-repeating system-unique superblock ID " David Howells
2020-08-04  9:34   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-03 13:36 ` [PATCH 02/18] fsinfo: Add fsinfo() syscall to query filesystem information " David Howells
2020-08-04 10:16   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-04 11:34   ` David Howells
2020-08-27 11:27   ` Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
2020-08-03 13:36 ` [PATCH 03/18] fsinfo: Provide a bitmap of the features a filesystem supports " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 04/18] fsinfo: Allow retrieval of superblock devname, options and stats " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 05/18] fsinfo: Allow fsinfo() to look up a mount object by ID " David Howells
2020-08-04 10:33   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 06/18] fsinfo: Add a uniquifier ID to struct mount " David Howells
2020-08-04 10:41   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-04 12:32     ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05 14:13   ` David Howells
2020-08-05 14:46     ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05 15:30     ` David Howells
2020-08-05 19:33       ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-08-06  5:43         ` Ian Kent
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 07/18] fsinfo: Allow mount information to be queried " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 08/18] fsinfo: Allow mount topology and propagation info to be retrieved " David Howells
2020-08-04 13:38   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05 15:37   ` David Howells
2020-08-05 17:19     ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 09/18] watch_queue: Mount event counters " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 10/18] fsinfo: Provide notification overrun handling support " David Howells
2020-08-04 13:56   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05  2:05     ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05  2:46       ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05  7:45         ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05 11:23           ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05 11:27             ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-06  1:47               ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05 16:06   ` David Howells
2020-08-05 17:26     ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-03 13:37 ` [PATCH 11/18] fsinfo: sample: Mount listing program " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:38 ` [PATCH 12/18] fsinfo: Add API documentation " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:38 ` [PATCH 13/18] fsinfo: Add support for AFS " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:38 ` [PATCH 14/18] fsinfo: Add support to ext4 " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:38 ` [PATCH 15/18] fsinfo: Add an attribute that lists all the visible mounts in a namespace " David Howells
2020-08-04 14:05   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05  0:59     ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05 16:44   ` David Howells
2020-08-03 13:38 ` [PATCH 16/18] errseq: add a new errseq_scrape function " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:38 ` [PATCH 17/18] vfs: allow fsinfo to fetch the current state of s_wb_err " David Howells
2020-08-03 13:39 ` [PATCH 18/18] samples: add error state information to test-fsinfo.c " David Howells
2020-08-04 15:39 ` [PATCH 00/18] VFS: Filesystem information " James Bottomley
2020-08-04 19:18   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05 17:13 ` David Howells [this message]

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