[PATCH review 11/11] mnt: Honor MNT_LOCKED when detaching mounts

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Wed Jan 7 19:30:22 UTC 2015

Al Viro <viro at ZenIV.linux.org.uk> writes:

> On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 at 02:46:27PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Modify umount(MNT_DETACH) to keep mounts in the hash table that are
>> locked to their parent mounts, when the parent is lazily unmounted.
>> In doing this invert the reference count so that the parent holds a
>> reference to the children instead of the children holding a reference
>> to the parent.
>> Then in mntput_no_expire detach the children and in cleanup_mnt mntput
>> the children and dput the dentry they were mounted on.
>> In __detach_mounts if there are any mounts that have been unmounted
>> but still are on the list of mounts of a mountpoint, detach those
>> mounts and schedule them to be mntput and their reference to the dentry
>> to be put when it becomes safe to sleep.
> Explicit description of your new refcounting rules, please.  What's more,
> how do those non-pinning children interact with e.g. copy_tree()?

The parents hold a reference on the children, and the parent keeps track
of it's children through the mnt_mounts list.  The parents reference to
a child is held until the final mntput of the parent.

As for how those mounts interact with copy_tree, they aren't designed
to.  I had overlooked that collect_mounts is weird and if the proper
race exists can be called on an unmounted tree.  So I expect the
interaction with copy_tree is buggy.  I will look at that and see what I
can do to fix that (it shouldn't be hard).  I expect I can just return
an error if the mount has been unmounted.


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