Re: [PATCH] disk quotas fail when /etc/mtab is symlinked to /proc/mounts

From: Mark Bellon
Date: Thu Jul 28 2005 - 19:31:47 EST

Andrew Morton wrote:

Mark Bellon <mbellon@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If /etc/mtab is a regular file all of the mount options (of a file system) are written to /etc/mtab by the mount command. The quota tools look there for the quota strings for their operation. If, however, /etc/mtab is a symlink to /proc/mounts (a "good thing" in some environments) the tools don't write anything - they assume the kernel will take care of things.

While the quota options are sent down to the kernel via the mount system call and the file system codes handle them properly unfortunately there is no code to echo the quota strings into /proc/mounts and the quota tools fail in the symlink case.

hm. Perhaps others with operational experience in that area can comment.


The attached patchs modify the EXT[2|3] and [X|J]FS codes to add the necessary hooks. The show_options function of each file system in these patches currently deal with only those things that seemed related to quotas; especially in the EXT3 case more can be done (later?).

It seems sad to do it in each filesystem. Is there no way in which we can
do this for all filesystems, in a single place in the VFS?

Each file system must be able to echo it's own FS specific options, hence the show_options hook (XFS is a good example). EXT3 has it's own form of journalled quota file options, hence the need for the specific hook.

The "older style" (e.g. "usrquota", "grpquota", "quota") could be done generically but a FS might want any number of quota options. The few lines of code in each file system didn't seem so bad especially if the show_function start echoing more.

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