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Date:   Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:40:24 +0100
From:   David Howells <>
To:     Jeff Layton <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 07/14] VFS: Add a sample program for fsopen/fsmount [ver #6]

Jeff Layton <> wrote:

> So to make sure I understand....
> Suppose I want to do a bind mount with the new API. Would I do something
> like this?
>     mfd = fsopen("???");
>     write(mfd, "s /path/to/old/mount");

You would have to use something other than "s" as that indicates the medium
source, but there are plenty of other options.  Alternatively, something like:

	mfd = mntopen("/path/to/old/mount", ...);

You would need some way to retrieve the fs type, though.  Maybe the first
read() you do will return it:

	char fstype[256];
	read(mfd, fstype, 256);

ends up with:

	"fs <type>"

in the buffer, though I think I'd prefer it to be manually elicited.

>     write(mfd, "o bind");

This is unnecessary as you can just do:

>     fsmount(mfd, ...);

at this point to achieve the effect.

> That seems a bit klunkier than before as I now need to pay attention to
> the fstype. I guess I'd have to scrape /proc/mounts for that info?

I haven't worked out this interface yet.  I'm not sure it's actually necessary
at this point, though it'd be nice to have.


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