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Date:	Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:39:33 -0500
From:	Eric Sandeen <sandeen@...hat.com>
To:	Johann Lombardi <johann@...mcloud.com>
CC:	linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org, Andreas Dilger <adilger@...mcloud.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: add support for multiple mount protection

On 4/12/11 1:04 PM, Johann Lombardi wrote:
> Prevent an ext4 filesystem from being mounted multiple times.
> A sequence number is stored on disk and is periodically updated (every 5
> seconds by default) by a mounted filesystem.
> At mount time, we now wait for s_mmp_update_interval seconds to make sure
> that the MMP sequence does not change.
> In case of failure, the nodename, bdevname and the time at which the MMP
> block was last updated is displayed.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Andreas Dilger <adilger@...mcloud.com>
> Signed-off-by: Johann Lombardi <johann@...mcloud.com>
> ---
>  fs/ext4/ext4.h  |   56 ++++++++-
>  fs/ext4/super.c |  363 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
>  2 files changed, 416 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> 

There was a lot of skepticism about this last time, and I imagine there still is...

400 new lines of kernel code for this, and if the other machine is hung up for 5 seconds and doesn't update, it can still be multiply-mounted anyway, right?

BUG: soft lockup - CPU#0 stuck for 10s! anyone?  :(

I don't see the value in it for upstream ext4, but then hey, ext4 rarely meets a feature it doesn't like ;)

-Eric
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