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Date:	Wed, 4 Jan 2012 13:50:20 +1100
From:	Dave Chinner <david@...morbit.com>
To:	Al Viro <viro@...IV.linux.org.uk>
Cc:	Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>, Stephen Rothwell <sfr@...b.auug.org.au>,
	linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@...hat.com>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
Subject: Re: linux-next: build failure after merge of the vfs tree

On Wed, Jan 04, 2012 at 02:17:54AM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> I'm still not
> sure about ->statfs(), BTW - any input on that would be welcome.  Can
> it end up blocked on a frozen fs until said fs is thawed?

I don't see why this should ever happen - ->statfs has to work on
read-only filesystems so shoul dnot be modifying state, and hence
should never need to care about the frozen state of the superblock.
So from a ->statfs POV, a frozen filesystem should look just like a
read-only filesystem. If frozen filesystems are holding locks that
->statfs can block on until the filesystem us thawed, then I'd
consider that a bug in the filesystem freeze implementation....

> to convert ustat(2) to "wait for thaw" semantics (should be interruptible,
> BTW) or document that ->statfs() is not allowed to wait for thawing.
> It's far too subtle to leave undocumented...

The latter, IMO.

Cheers,

Dave.
-- 
Dave Chinner
david@...morbit.com
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