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Date:   Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:55:56 -0400
From:   "Theodore Ts'o" <>
To:     Eric Biggers <>
Cc:,,,,, Al Viro <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 2/2] fscrypt: cache decrypted symlink target in

On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 01:21:15PM -0700, Eric Biggers wrote:
> From: Eric Biggers <>
> Path lookups that traverse encrypted symlink(s) are very slow because
> each encrypted symlink needs to be decrypted each time it's followed.
> This also involves dropping out of rcu-walk mode.
> Make encrypted symlinks faster by caching the decrypted symlink target
> in ->i_link.  The first call to fscrypt_get_symlink() sets it.  Then,
> the existing VFS path lookup code uses the non-NULL ->i_link to take the
> fast path where ->get_link() isn't called, and lookups in rcu-walk mode
> remain in rcu-walk mode.
> Also set ->i_link immediately when a new encrypted symlink is created.
> To safely free the symlink target after an RCU grace period has elapsed,
> introduce a new function fscrypt_free_inode(), and make the relevant
> filesystems call it just before actually freeing the inode.
> Cc: Al Viro <>
> Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <>

Looks good, applied.

					- Ted

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