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Date:	Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:21:55 +0000
From:	Al Viro <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
Cc:	Max Kellermann <>,,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs/namespace: don't clobber while
 umounting [v2]

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 09:02:33PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Quite frankly, if that's the main issue, then may I suggest aiming to
> use a 'hlist' instead of a doubly-linked list? Those have the
> advantage that they are NULL-terminated.
> Yeah, hlists have some disadvantages too, which might not make them
> work in this case, but really, for mnt_hash? hlists are generally
> *exactly* what you want for hash lists, because the head is smaller.
> And because of the NULL termination rather than having the head used
> in the middle of a circular list, you don't get the termination
> problems when moving entries across chains.
> I did not look whether there was some reason a hlist isn't appropriate
> here. Maybe you can tell me.

Er...  I have, actually, right in the part you've snipped ;-)

I would prefer to deal with (1) by turning mnt_hash into hlist; the problem
with that is __lookup_mnt_last().  That sucker is only called under
mount_lock, so RCU issues do not play there, but it's there and it
complicates things.  There might be a way to get rid of that thing for
good, but that's more invasive than what I'd be happy with for backports.

hlist _is_ better, no questions there, but surgery required to deal with
__lookup_mnt_last()[1] is too invasive for backports and even more so -
for -final.  I would prefer to have the merge window happen after LSF/MM,
obviously, but I thought you wanted to open it this Sunday?

[1] that is, with cases like "/tmp/b is a slave of /tmp/a, bind foo on
/tmp/b/c, then bind bar on /tmp/a/c, then umount /tmp/a/c".  The only
kinda-sorta sane semantics we'd been able to come up with is what
we do right now and that's where __lookup_mnt_last() has come from.
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