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Date:	Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:06:45 -0500
From:	Jeff Layton <>
To:	Al Viro <>
Cc:	Jeff Layton <>,
	Linus Torvalds <>,
	Bruce Fields <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Linux NFS Mailing List <>,
	Tejun Heo <>, NeilBrown <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 00/16] nfsd/sunrpc: add support for a workqueue-based

On Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:59:52 +0000
Al Viro <> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 06:54:08AM -0500, Jeff Layton wrote:
> > > Umm...  I would be very surprised if it turned out to be a problem.
> > > nfsd really doesn't give a fuck about its cwd and root - not in the
> > > thread side of things.  And (un)exporting is (a) not on a hot path
> > > and (b) not done from a kernel thread anyway.  fh_to_dentry and friends
> > > doesn't care about root/cwd, etc.
> > > 
> > > I don't see anything that could cause that kind of issues.
> > 
> > I like the change overall -- it would certainly make my patch series
> > simpler, but what about pathwalking? We do take the fs->lock in
> > unlazy_walk. Is it possible we'd end up with more contention there?
> That would take a pathname lookup in kernel thread side of nfsd that
> 	* isn't single-component
> 	* isn't LOOKUP_ROOT one (i.e. vfs_path_lookup() or file_open_root())
> and I would really hope we don't have such things.  Any such a beast would
> allow probing the tree layout outside of what we export, to start with...
> AFAICS, we really don't have anything of that sort.  Note that e.g.
> lookup_one_len() doesn't go anywhere near ->fs->lock...

Ahh right. Ok, then I don't see any issue with this so far. Maybe worth
letting it stew in -next once -rc1 ships? Thanks! 

Acked-by: Jeff Layton <>
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