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Date:	Fri, 07 Dec 2007 04:51:37 +0000
From:	David Woodhouse <>
To:	"Eric W. Biederman" <>
Cc:	Linus Torvalds <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	"Rafael J. Wysocki" <>, Pavel Machek <>,
	kernel list <>,
	netdev <>,
	Pavel Emelyanov <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2.6.24-rc3] Fix /proc/net breakage

On Mon, 2007-11-26 at 15:17 -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Well I clearly goofed when I added the initial network namespace support
> for /proc/net.  Currently things work but there are odd details visible
> to user space, even when we have a single network namespace.
> Since we do not cache proc_dir_entry dentries at the moment we can
> just modify ->lookup to return a different directory inode depending
> on the network namespace of the process looking at /proc/net, replacing
> the current technique of using a magic and fragile follow_link method.
> To accomplish that this patch:
> - introduces a shadow_proc method to allow different dentries to
>   be returned from proc_lookup.
> - Removes the old /proc/net follow_link magic
> - Fixes a weakness in our not caching of proc generic dentries.
> As shadow_proc uses a task struct to decided which dentry to return we
> can go back later and fix the proc generic caching without modifying any code that
> uses the shadow_proc method.
> Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <>
> ---
>  fs/proc/generic.c       |   12 ++++++-
>  fs/proc/proc_net.c      |   86 +++--------------------------------------------
>  include/linux/proc_fs.h |    3 ++
>  3 files changed, 19 insertions(+), 82 deletions(-)

(commit 2b1e300a9dfc3196ccddf6f1d74b91b7af55e416)

This seems to have broken the use of /proc/bus/usb as a mountpoint. It
always appears empty now, whatever's supposed to be mounted there.


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