[Fwd: Re: [PATCH] Fix Name mangling in HEAD]

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at pcug.org.au
Tue Mar 26 01:11:23 GMT 2002

Lets try to get this to the list this time...

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Fix Name mangling in HEAD
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 15:47:27 -0800
From: abartlet at samba.org
To: Simo Sorce <idra at samba.org>
CC: Andrew Bartlett <abartlet at pcug.org.au>, samba-techincal at samba.org
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On Tue, Mar 26, 2002 at 12:25:50AM +0100, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Mon, 2002-03-25 at 21:36, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> > Simo Sorce wrote:
> > > 
> > > Sorry Andrew but reverting back to 2.2 code is not the way to go on my
> > > opinion, I made that code to solve many problems and bugs that apperead
> > > in 2.2. code. The way to go is that me and tridge discussed on IRC, eg:
> > 
> > I'm increasing of the opinion that the 2.2 approach is the only valid
> > way to do this.  We need an approach that scales with the size of the
> > server - and your mangling TDB *DOES NOT*.
> I know it currently *DOES NOT SCALE*, I was aware of the problem since
> the beginning, and I made this implementationa s a proof of concept to
> understand what could be the benefits and the problems.

If somthing is a 'proof of concept' why is is the only option available?

You really should have allowed a swtich, particuarly given the *known*
limitations.  The 2.2 implementaion may not have been perfect, but it 
genarally works!

> > The results are quite painful - and I know the code was completely
> > *untested* (It caused quite a few problems at my site - hence this and
> > previous patches).  Even moving to a larger hash presents *major* issues
> > in scaleability - your mangling DB would have to be the same order of
> > magnitude as the whole filesystem's combined metadata!
> It was tested in the limits of my free time, we spotted some bugs, and a
> hard limit.

The problem is that you didn't address the hard limit - and people are
attempting to use systems based on this.

> > Worse still, a mangling TDB does not reflect changes in the filesystem -
> > we keep stale entries around *for ever*.
> Yes unless we put the code into VFS, putting the code there we will have
> hooks to unlink call and we can easily remove entries (of course we will
> not be able to do so for unix-side deleted ones, but we can easily
> afford to create a tool to be run by cron at midnight that will parse
> the fs and clean the tdb.

Won't work.  Muliple files in the filesystem have the same name and the
same mangling.  So you need a reference count - but that will be *really
dodgy* when you don't control the whole FS.

> We _need_ the tdb, or every smbd reload/crash/shutdown (or cache limits)
> could easly end up changing the mangled name and be sure windows app
> will not be happy of that!

The mangled name doesn't change.  Its a hash, and the function remains 
*constant*.  Becouse of the way we match filenames, even if it isn't in
the cache it works.  The only problem occours when we have hash
or when we are doing ops that don't allow us to check the dir.  (like

Most of these ops will prime the cache quite well, so it isn't an issue.

Andrew Bartlett

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