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Re: [PATCH 4/4] Adds ioctl interface support for ext4 project

To: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/4] Adds ioctl interface support for ext4 project
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:22:21 +1000
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On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 09:41:37AM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 05:59:12PM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > > Also I'm afraid we may quickly run out of
> > > 32 available flags in xflags so we'd need to extend that. But all this
> > > seems to be doable.
> > 
> > The struct fsxattr was designed to be extensible - it has unused
> > padding and enough space in the flags field to allow us to
> > conditionally use that padding....
> I agree that it would be useful for ext4 to support as much of the
> XFS_IOC_GETXATTR/XFS_IOC_SETATTR as would make sense for ext4, and to
> use that to set/get the project ID.  (And that we should probably do
> that as a separate set of patches that we could potentially go into
> ext4 ahead of the project quota while it is undergoing testing and
> review.)
> A few questions of Dave and other XFS folks:
> 1) If we only implement a partial set of the flags or other
> functionality, are there going to be tools that get confused?  i.e.,
> are there any userspace programs that will test for whether the ioctl
> is supported, and then assume that some minimal set of functionality
> must be implemented?

No, I don't think they will get confused.

The use of the flags is get/modify/set just like other flag setting
functions. The extsize and projid fields are condition on the
relevant flag being set on return from a get (i.e. projid is only
valid if XFS_XFLAG_PROJID[_INHERIT] is set), and those fields are
only considered valid on set if those flags are set by the
application (or remain set as a result of the getxattr).

Hence the applications that use the getxattr/setxattr interface
correctly shouldn't care what set of flags and values the filesystem
supports other than the specific flags the application needs the
filesystem to understand.

> 2) Unless I'm missing something, there is nothing that enforces that
> fsx_pad must be zero.  I assume that means that the only way you can
> expand use of fields into that space is via a flag bit being consumed?

Yup, that's exactly what I meant by "conditionally use the padding".
Even if the padding was guaranteed to be zero, I'd strongly
recommend a flag bit to indicate the application understands that
the padding region has actual meaning to guard against buggy


Dave Chinner

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