Has anyone experimented with Samba and OverlayFS?

Richard Sharpe realrichardsharpe at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 18:09:53 UTC 2016

On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 10:59 AM, Volker Lendecke
<Volker.Lendecke at sernet.de> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 07, 2016 at 10:27:42AM -0700, Richard Sharpe wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> Has anyone tried to use OverlayFS?
>> Good or bad experiences?
> If I remember correctly there has been some report on some
> list that OverlayFS does not have stable inode numbers.
> Samba critically depends on inode numbers to be stable, so
> if my memory is right, Samba is not usable on top of
> OverlayFS.
> I have not tried myself, so what I say might be completely
> wrong.

Thanks, looks like I need to check the code carefully.

The issues seem to be that st_ino comes from the upper file system for
directories that are amalgamated in the upper file system.

Richard Sharpe

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