Re: [PATCH 0/6][REPOST] ext{2,3,4}: tighten inheritance and setting ofinode flags

From: Andreas Dilger
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 01:40:22 EST

On Dec 03, 2008 19:54 +0000, Duane Griffin wrote:
> This patch series prevents the inheritance and setting of flags that are
> inappropriate for specific inode types.
> Flags which should be inherited are listed explicitly so as to prevent
> future flags being overlooked and inherited by accident.
> It introduces a function to mask flags based on the inode type and uses
> it in inode creation and the SETFLAGS ioctl to help prevent future
> inconsistency.
> Patches 1-3 fix the TOPDIR flag inheritance bug reported at
> Patches 4-6 fix a related problem with non-regular file/dir inodes
> inheriting inappropriate flags, discovered while testing. For example,
> on an unpatched system, the following sequence will create an
> un(re)movable device node:

I worked with Duane during the development of these patches and agree
that they implement the proper solution to a problem that has repeated
a number of times as new flags are added.

Acked-by: Andreas Dilger <adilger@xxxxxxx>

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Sr. Staff Engineer, Lustre Group
Sun Microsystems of Canada, Inc.

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