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Date:	Mon, 10 Sep 2007 00:32:43 -0600
From: (Eric W. Biederman)
Cc:	David Miller <>,,
	Linux Containers <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 03/16] net: Basic network namespace infrastructure.

"Paul E. McKenney" <> writes:

>> I know I cannot use get_net for the reference in in /proc because
>> otherwise I could not release the network namespace unless I was to
>> unmount the filesystem, which is not a desirable property.
>> I think I can change the idiom to:
>> struct net *maybe_get_net(struct net *net)
>> {
>>         if (!atomic_inc_not_zero(&net->count))
>>         	net = NULL;
>> 	return net;               
>> }
>> Which would make dev_seq_open be:
>> static int dev_seq_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
>> {
>> 	struct seq_file *seq;
>> 	int res;
>> 	res =  seq_open(file, &dev_seq_ops);
>> 	if (!res) {
>> 		seq = file->private_data;
>> 		seq->private = maybe_get_net(PROC_NET(inode));
>> 		if (!seq->private) {
>> 			res = -ENOENT;
>>                         seq_release(inode, file);
>> 		}
>> 	}
>> 	return res;
>> }
>> I'm still asking myself if I need any kind of locking to ensure
>> struct net does not go away in the mean time, if so rcu_read_lock()
>> should be sufficient.
> Agreed -- and it might be possible to leverage the existing locking
> in the /proc code.

Yes.  The generic /proc code takes care of this.  It appears
to ensure that any ongoing operations will be waited for and
no more operations will be started once remove_proc_entry
is called.  So I just need the maybe_get_net thing to have
safe ref counting.

That is what I thought but I figured I would review that part while
I was looking at everything.

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