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Date:	Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:08:13 -0500
From:	Erez Zadok <>
To:	Miklos Szeredi <>
Cc:	Jordi Pujol Palomer <>,,,, David Howells <>,
	Al Viro <>, "A. Wan" <>,
	Patrick Frisch <>,
	Aaron Campbell <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] overlayfs: support more than one read-only layer

Indeed, Miklos, changing layers dynamically is VERY tricky.  Unionfs supports that, but a good amount of its code all over is dedicated to handling dynamic layer changes.  I advise you to avoid supporting this feature for a while, if ever: get a small, functional, working overlayfs first.

I personally never liked the idea of changing layers dynamically: it’s like asking a file system to remain consistent and detect all lower changes when someone goes and hand-edits disk blocks.  Too messy.  The pain of developing and supporting such a feature is much greater than the annoyance to users who have to unmount and remount back their layers to form a new structure.


> On Nov 10, 2014, at 4:09 AM, Miklos Szeredi <> wrote:
> As for changing the stacking while the overlayfs is mounted: currently this is
> not supported, the layers specified at the mount time remain there until the
> overlay is unmounted.  Currently there's no possibility to add or remove layers
> in a dynamic way, and it is definitely more tricky to implement than the static
> configuration.
> Thanks,
> Miklos

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