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Date:   Mon, 23 Nov 2020 23:31:05 -0500
From:   Gabriel Krisman Bertazi <krisman@...labora.com>
To:     Eric Biggers <ebiggers@...nel.org>
Cc:     Daniel Rosenberg <drosen@...gle.com>,
        "Theodore Y . Ts'o" <tytso@....edu>,
        Jaegeuk Kim <jaegeuk@...nel.org>,
        Andreas Dilger <adilger.kernel@...ger.ca>,
        Chao Yu <chao@...nel.org>,
        Alexander Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>,
        Richard Weinberger <richard@....at>,
        linux-fscrypt@...r.kernel.org, linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-f2fs-devel@...ts.sourceforge.net,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-mtd@...ts.infradead.org, kernel-team@...roid.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 2/3] fscrypt: Have filesystems handle their d_ops

Eric Biggers <ebiggers@...nel.org> writes:

> On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 11:45:41PM -0500, Gabriel Krisman Bertazi wrote:
>> > diff --git a/fs/ext4/super.c b/fs/ext4/super.c
>> > index 6633b20224d5..0288bedf46e1 100644
>> > --- a/fs/ext4/super.c
>> > +++ b/fs/ext4/super.c
>> > @@ -4968,11 +4968,6 @@ static int ext4_fill_super(struct super_block *sb, void *data, int silent)
>> >  		goto failed_mount4;
>> >  	}
>> >  
>> > -#ifdef CONFIG_UNICODE
>> > -	if (sb->s_encoding)
>> > -		sb->s_d_op = &ext4_dentry_ops;
>> > -#endif
>> 
>> This change has the side-effect of removing the capability of the root
>> directory from being case-insensitive.  It is not a backward
>> incompatible change because there is no way to make the root directory
>> CI at the moment (it is never empty). But this restriction seems
>> artificial. Is there a real reason to prevent the root inode from being
>> case-insensitive?
>> 
>
> The problem is that the "lost+found" directory is special in that e2fsck needs
> to be able to find it.
>
> That's the reason why ext4 doesn't allow the root directory to be encrypted.
> (And encrypting the root directory isn't really useful anyway, since if the goal
> is to encrypt a whole filesystem with one key, dm-crypt is a better solution.)
>
> Casefolding is a bit less problematic than encryption.  But it still doesn't
> entirely work, as e.g. if you name the directory "LOST+FOUND" instead (the
> directory is casefolded after all...), then e2fsck can't find it.
>
> Unless there's a real use case for the root directory being casefolded and
> people are willing to fix e2fsck, I think we should just make ext4 return an
> error when setting the casefold flag on the root directory, like it does when
> trying to enable encryption on the root directory.

I don't have a use case where I need a root directory to be CI.  In
fact, when I first implemented CI, I did want to block the root directory
from being made CI, just to prevent people from doing "chattr +F /" and
complaining afterwards when /usr/lib breaks.

My concern with the curent patch was whether this side-effect was
considered, but I'm happy with either semantics.

-- 
Gabriel Krisman Bertazi

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