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authorNick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>2011-01-07 17:49:27 +1100
committerNick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>2011-01-07 17:50:19 +1100
commit621e155a3591962420eacdd39f6f0aa29ceb221e (patch)
tree387a9fb396f1bf24514b712c294182e36ba51076 /Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt
parentfb2d5b86aff355a27ebfc132d3c99f4a940cc3fe (diff)
fs: change d_compare for rcu-walk
Change d_compare so it may be called from lock-free RCU lookups. This does put significant restrictions on what may be done from the callback, however there don't seem to have been any problems with in-tree fses. If some strange use case pops up that _really_ cannot cope with the rcu-walk rules, we can just add new rcu-unaware callbacks, which would cause name lookup to drop out of rcu-walk mode. For in-tree filesystems, this is just a mechanical change. Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@kernel.dk>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt')
1 files changed, 23 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt b/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt
index 95c0a93f056c..250681b8c7cc 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.txt
@@ -848,7 +848,9 @@ defined:
struct dentry_operations {
int (*d_revalidate)(struct dentry *, struct nameidata *);
int (*d_hash)(struct dentry *, struct qstr *);
- int (*d_compare)(struct dentry *, struct qstr *, struct qstr *);
+ int (*d_compare)(const struct dentry *, const struct inode *,
+ const struct dentry *, const struct inode *,
+ unsigned int, const char *, const struct qstr *);
int (*d_delete)(const struct dentry *);
void (*d_release)(struct dentry *);
void (*d_iput)(struct dentry *, struct inode *);
@@ -860,9 +862,27 @@ struct dentry_operations {
dcache. Most filesystems leave this as NULL, because all their
dentries in the dcache are valid
- d_hash: called when the VFS adds a dentry to the hash table
+ d_hash: called when the VFS adds a dentry to the hash table. The first
+ dentry passed to d_hash is the parent directory that the name is
+ to be hashed into.
- d_compare: called when a dentry should be compared with another
+ d_compare: called to compare a dentry name with a given name. The first
+ dentry is the parent of the dentry to be compared, the second is
+ the parent's inode, then the dentry and inode (may be NULL) of the
+ child dentry. len and name string are properties of the dentry to be
+ compared. qstr is the name to compare it with.
+ Must be constant and idempotent, and should not take locks if
+ possible, and should not or store into the dentry or inodes.
+ Should not dereference pointers outside the dentry or inodes without
+ lots of care (eg. d_parent, d_inode, d_name should not be used).
+ However, our vfsmount is pinned, and RCU held, so the dentries and
+ inodes won't disappear, neither will our sb or filesystem module.
+ ->i_sb and ->d_sb may be used.
+ It is a tricky calling convention because it needs to be called under
+ "rcu-walk", ie. without any locks or references on things.
d_delete: called when the last reference to a dentry is dropped and the
dcache is deciding whether or not to cache it. Return 1 to delete