[CFT][PATCH 08/10] sysfs: Add support for permanently empty directories.

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Thu May 14 21:33:46 UTC 2015

Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org> writes:

> On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 12:35:02PM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Add two functions sysfs_create_empty_dir and sysfs_remove_empty_dir
>> that hang a permanently empty directory off of a kobject or remove
>> a permanently emptpy directory hanging from a kobject.  Export
>> these new functions so modular filesystems can use them.
>> As all permanently empty directories are, are names and used
>> for mouting other filesystems this seems like the right abstraction.
> That sentence doesn't make much sense, cut and paste?

Probably one edit too many or too few depending on how you look at it.

What I meant is that since the only interesting thing about a
permanently empty directory is it's name, treating them like sysfs files
rather than normal sysfs directories which require a kobject seems like
the right abstraction.

>> Cc: stable at vger.kernel.org
>> Signed-off-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm at xmission.com>
>> ---
>>  fs/sysfs/dir.c        | 34 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>  include/linux/sysfs.h | 16 ++++++++++++++++
>>  2 files changed, 50 insertions(+)
>> diff --git a/fs/sysfs/dir.c b/fs/sysfs/dir.c
>> index 0b45ff42f374..8244741474d7 100644
>> --- a/fs/sysfs/dir.c
>> +++ b/fs/sysfs/dir.c
>> @@ -121,3 +121,37 @@ int sysfs_move_dir_ns(struct kobject *kobj, struct kobject *new_parent_kobj,
>>  	return kernfs_rename_ns(kn, new_parent, kn->name, new_ns);
>>  }
>> +
>> +/**
>> + * sysfs_create_empty_dir - create an always empty directory
>> + * @parent_kobj:  kobject that will contain this always empty directory
>> + * @name: The name of the always empty directory to add
>> + */
>> +int sysfs_create_empty_dir(struct kobject *parent_kobj, const char *name)
> As this really is just a mount point, how about we be explicit with
> this and call the function:
> 	sysfs_create_mount_point()
> 	sysfs_remove_mount_point()
> That makes more sense in the long run, otherwise if you just want to
> create an empty directory in sysfs, you can do so without making an
> "empty" kobject and some people might do that accidentally in the
> future.  This makes it more obvious as to what is going on.

Yeah.  That seems fairly reasonable.

My brain is on the edge between the functional description of
creating a permanently empty directory, and the usage based
description (creating a directory to mount filesystems on).

But I agree a name that makes it totally obvious we are creating a
directory to mount something on is going to be more usable and

My head doesn't like sysfs_create_mount_point() as a mount point can be
a file.  But I will put it on the back burner and see if I can come up
with something better, and if not sysfs_create_mount_point it is.



Partly I think I would like to rename the proc, sysctl and
infrastructure bit as well (consistency and clarity is good).

Where I get stuck is how do I ask the question:
I see this directory is a mount point, is it a directory whose sole
purpose in life is to be a mount point?

In the context of that question I like my naming of empty_dir as it
conveys what I am interested in.

But I like the sysfs_create_mount_point for general use.  Maybe I won't
make my names consistent.

I don't know.  I am putting this naming question on the back burner for
a bit.


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