[PATCH] CIFS: Update CreationTime on every query info request
pshilovsky at samba.org
Wed Aug 6 06:38:32 MDT 2014
2014-08-06 16:08 GMT+04:00 Jeff Layton <jlayton at samba.org>:
> On Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:59:22 +0400
> Pavel Shilovsky <pshilovsky at samba.org> wrote:
>> 2014-08-06 15:25 GMT+04:00 Jeff Layton <jlayton at samba.org>:
>> > On Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:15:43 +0400
>> > Pavel Shilovsky <pshilovsky at samba.org> wrote:
>> >> Samba server can change a creation time of an inode in the default
>> >> configuration. The client sets this value during the inode initialization
>> >> only and uses it the inode search. In this case harlinked dentries may
>> >> link to different inodes. As the results the Cthon basic test #7 fails
>> >> on nounix Samba mounts.
>> >> Fix this by making the client update the creation time on every
>> >> query info request.
>> >> Cc: Jeff Layton <jlayton at samba.org>
>> >> Signed-off-by: Pavel Shilovsky <pshilovsky at samba.org>
>> >> ---
>> >> fs/cifs/inode.c | 3 +++
>> >> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
>> >> diff --git a/fs/cifs/inode.c b/fs/cifs/inode.c
>> >> index a174605..2029e7c 100644
>> >> --- a/fs/cifs/inode.c
>> >> +++ b/fs/cifs/inode.c
>> >> @@ -173,6 +173,9 @@ cifs_fattr_to_inode(struct inode *inode, struct cifs_fattr *fattr)
>> >> cifs_i->cifsAttrs = fattr->cf_cifsattrs;
>> >> + /* Samba server changes this value in the default configuration */
>> >> + cifs_i->createtime = fattr->cf_createtime;
>> >> +
>> >> if (fattr->cf_flags & CIFS_FATTR_NEED_REVAL)
>> >> cifs_i->time = 0;
>> >> else
>> > NAK
>> > That really sounds more like a bug in Samba. The creation time is
>> > supposed to be immutable, and if it changes then that means that you
>> > have a new inode.
>> > We really *don't* want to go updating it like this.
>> If it is suppose to be immutable and the server does processing right,
>> the fix will not break things since the cifs_i->createtime value stays
>> the same.
> Does anything prevent a server from reusing a uniqueid? If not, then
> this is one of the only mechanisms to tell whether this is the same
> inode as the previous one or a new one.
If server reuses a uniqueid - it is a bug in the server.
The creation time can be changed on the Windows server:
1) we call stat FILE - construct the inode with the recent info;
2) on the server another client calls SetFileTime() and updates
CreationTime of the FILE;
3) we call stat FILE again, get the recent info but don't store the
new CreationTime value and stay with the wrong CreationTime value.
Also, in this case we can't rely on CreationTime to determine if this
is the same inode or not. I think the best thing is to *trust* the
server that uniqueid is unique (at least for SMB 2.0 and higher
Note, that now we use CreationTIme value for the inode search in
iget(). The above example of changing this value on the server shows
that we can end up with several inodes for each "creationtime" version
of the file.
>> But if this value was changed and we don't store this latest returned
>> value from the server and continue to use the old one, does things go
>> better? We'll end up relying on the value that is wrong...
> We rely on the server to send us valid information. If the server
> doesn't do that, then it's a server bug.
>> If Samba server doesn't store the creation time attribute in xattrs
>> (that is restricted by underlying file system and switched off by
>> default), it can't return a right value to the client since POSIX file
>> systems store only access, modify and change timestamps.
> Yep, faking up valid fields like this is always iffy.
>> So, in the result we have the CIFS client that doesn't work with the
>> default configuration of Samba. If we can't fix Samba due to POSIX
>> restrictions), we need to do something with the client, don't we?
> Well, no. The default configuration of samba has unix extensions
> enabled, and with that the create time is ignored (since it's not
> returned at all in that case).
The problem is that we don't have unix extensions for SMB 2.0 and
higher protocol versions and we need to use nounix either way.
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