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Date:   Thu,  5 Apr 2018 12:51:00 +0200
From:   Christian Brauner <>
Cc:     Christian Brauner <>
Subject: [PATCH 0/3 RESEND] namei: add follow_up_bind()

Hi everyone,

(Resending since Linus email got mangled on my terminal. Sorry.)

Back when we fixed TIOCGPTPEER again in

commit a319b01d9095 ("devpts: resolve devpts bind-mounts")

we discovered [1] that the code for bind-mount resolution we needed to add
in devpts_mtnget() was already duplicated in nfsd code. So we briefly
discussed [2] adding a helper to namei.{c,h} that would resolve
bind-mounts. The bind-mount resolution code is replicated in at least two
- fs/nfsd/vfs.c:follow_to_parent()
- fs/devpts/inode.c:devpts_mntget()

This series adds:
- follow_up_bind() to namei.{c,h}
- switches fs/nfsd/vfs.c:follow_to_parent() to use follow_up_bind()
- switches fs/devpts/inode.c:devpts_mntget() to use follow_up_bind()

I just wanted to wait until the devpts patches I sent would make it into
mainline. Seems to me that this helper might be worth having around. Not
just because it avoids (granted rather trivial) code duplication but also
because it makes the concept of resolving a bind-mount up to the origin
mountpoint of the vfs's mount obvious (which at least to me wasn't
obivous before).



Christian Brauner (3):
  namei: add follow_up_bind()
  devpts: use follow_up_bind() helper
  nfsd: use follow_up_bind() helper

 fs/devpts/inode.c     |  4 +---
 fs/namei.c            | 10 ++++++++++
 fs/nfsd/vfs.c         |  4 ++--
 include/linux/namei.h |  1 +
 4 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)


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