[RFC][PATCH 00/12] Enhanced file stat system call

Andreas Dilger adilger at dilger.ca
Wed Nov 25 19:30:33 UTC 2015

On Nov 25, 2015, at 10:51 AM, J. Bruce Fields <bfields at fieldses.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 04:28:35PM +0000, David Howells wrote:
>> Martin Steigerwald <martin at lichtvoll.de> wrote:
>>> Any plans to add limitations of filesystem to the call like maximum file
>>> size?  I know its mostly relevant for just for FAT32, but on any account
>>> rather than trying to write 4 GiB and then file, it would be good to at some
>>> time get a dialog at the beginning of the copy.
>> Adding filesystem limits can be done.  I got a shopping list of things people
>> wanted a while back and I've worked off of that list.  I can add other things
>> - that's on of the reasons I left room for expansion.
> I ran across systemd/src/basic/path-util.c:fd_is_mount_point() the other
> day, and the contortions it goes through made me wonder if we should
> also add mnt_id and/or an is_mountpoint boolean--it's annoying to have
> to do name_to_handle_at() (not supported on all filesystems) just to get
> mnt_id.
> (Looking at it now I see it falls back on reading mount id from
> /proc/self/fdinfo/<fd>.  Maybe that's good enough.  May depend on
> whether there's a potential user that doesn't want to assume access to
> /proc?)

IMHO, it should be possible to get information about a file or directory
from the file itself (i.e. statx() or fsinfo() on the path/fd), rather than
having to grub around in a /proc file that the application magically has to
know about, and parse text files there for every file being handled.

Cheers, Andreas

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