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From: Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu>
To: Ian Kent <raven@themaw.net>
Cc: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	Casey Schaufler <casey@schaufler-ca.com>,
	Stephen Smalley <sds@tycho.nsa.gov>,
	Nicolas Dichtel <nicolas.dichtel@6wind.com>,
	Christian Brauner <christian@brauner.io>,
	andres@anarazel.de, Jeff Layton <jlayton@redhat.com>,
	dray@redhat.com, Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com>,
	keyrings@vger.kernel.org, Linux API <linux-api@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org,
	LSM <linux-security-module@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 13/17] watch_queue: Implement mount topology and attribute change notifications [ver #5]
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2020 10:44:57 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAJfpeguZuCTmCWf-mF3=iZQeaaUYRoCRU9wcyz_gCMD94-bFFQ@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <0991792b6e2af0a5cc1a2c2257b535b5e6b032e4.camel@themaw.net>

On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 5:07 AM Ian Kent <raven@themaw.net> wrote:
>
> On Thu, 2020-04-02 at 17:19 +0200, Miklos Szeredi wrote:
> >
> > > Firstly, a watch queue needs to be created:
> > >
> > >         pipe2(fds, O_NOTIFICATION_PIPE);
> > >         ioctl(fds[1], IOC_WATCH_QUEUE_SET_SIZE, 256);
> > >
> > > then a notification can be set up to report notifications via that
> > > queue:
> > >
> > >         struct watch_notification_filter filter = {
> > >                 .nr_filters = 1,
> > >                 .filters = {
> > >                         [0] = {
> > >                                 .type = WATCH_TYPE_MOUNT_NOTIFY,
> > >                                 .subtype_filter[0] = UINT_MAX,
> > >                         },
> > >                 },
> > >         };
> > >         ioctl(fds[1], IOC_WATCH_QUEUE_SET_FILTER, &filter);
> > >         watch_mount(AT_FDCWD, "/", 0, fds[1], 0x02);
> > >
> > > In this case, it would let me monitor the mount topology subtree
> > > rooted at
> > > "/" for events.  Mount notifications propagate up the tree towards
> > > the
> > > root, so a watch will catch all of the events happening in the
> > > subtree
> > > rooted at the watch.
> >
> > Does it make sense to watch a single mount?  A set of mounts?   A
> > subtree with an exclusion list (subtrees, types, ???)?
>
> Yes, filtering, perhaps, I'm not sure a single mount is useful
> as changes generally need to be monitored for a set of mounts.
>
> Monitoring a subtree is obviously possible because the monitor
> path doesn't need to be "/".
>
> Or am I misunderstanding what your trying to get at.
>
> The notion of filtering types and other things is interesting
> but what I've seen that doesn't fit in the current implementation
> so far probably isn't appropriate for kernel implementation.
>
> There's a special case of acquiring a list of mounts where the
> path is not a mount point itself but you need all mount below
> that path prefix.
>
> In this case you get all mounts, including the mounts of the mount
> containing the path, so you still need to traverse the list to match
> the prefix and that can easily mean the whole list of mounts in the
> system.
>
> Point is it leads to multiple traversals of a larger than needed list
> of mounts, one to get the list of mounts to check, and one to filter
> on the prefix.
>
> I've seen this use case with fsinfo() and that's where it's needed
> although it may be useful to carry it through to notifications as
> well.
>
> While this sounds like it isn't such a big deal it can sometimes
> make a considerable difference to the number of mounts you need
> to traverse when there are a large number of mounts in the system.
>
> I didn't consider it appropriate for kernel implementation but
> since you asked here it is. OTOH were checking for connectedness
> in fsinfo() anyway so maybe this is something that could be done
> without undue overhead.

Good point.  Filtering notifications for mounts outside of the
specified path makes sense.

Thanks,
Miklos

  reply	other threads:[~2020-06-15  8:45 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 45+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-18 15:03 [PATCH 00/17] pipe: Keyrings, mount and superblock " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:03 ` [PATCH 01/17] uapi: General notification queue definitions " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:03 ` [PATCH 02/17] security: Add hooks to rule on setting a watch " David Howells
2020-03-18 18:56   ` James Morris
2020-03-18 15:03 ` [PATCH 03/17] security: Add a hook for the point of notification insertion " David Howells
2020-03-18 18:57   ` James Morris
2020-03-18 15:03 ` [PATCH 04/17] pipe: Add O_NOTIFICATION_PIPE " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:03 ` [PATCH 05/17] pipe: Add general notification queue support " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:04 ` [PATCH 06/17] watch_queue: Add a key/keyring notification facility " David Howells
2020-03-18 19:04   ` James Morris
2020-03-18 15:04 ` [PATCH 07/17] Add sample notification program " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:04 ` [PATCH 08/17] pipe: Allow buffers to be marked read-whole-or-error for notifications " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:04 ` [PATCH 09/17] pipe: Add notification lossage handling " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:04 ` [PATCH 10/17] selinux: Implement the watch_key security hook " David Howells
2020-03-18 19:06   ` James Morris
2020-03-18 15:04 ` [PATCH 11/17] smack: Implement the watch_key and post_notification hooks " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:05 ` [PATCH 12/17] watch_queue: Add security hooks to rule on setting mount and sb watches " David Howells
2020-03-18 19:07   ` James Morris
2020-03-18 15:05 ` [PATCH 13/17] watch_queue: Implement mount topology and attribute change notifications " David Howells
2020-04-02 15:19   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-06-14  3:07     ` Ian Kent
2020-06-15  8:44       ` Miklos Szeredi [this message]
2020-07-23 10:48   ` David Howells
2020-08-03  9:29     ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-04 11:38       ` Ian Kent
2020-08-04 13:19         ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05  1:53           ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05  7:43             ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-05 11:36               ` Ian Kent
2020-08-05 11:56                 ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-07-24 10:19   ` David Howells
2020-07-24 10:44     ` Ian Kent
2020-07-24 11:36     ` David Howells
2020-08-03 10:02       ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-03 10:08       ` David Howells
2020-08-03 10:18       ` David Howells
2020-08-03 11:17         ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-08-03 11:49         ` David Howells
2020-08-03 12:01           ` Ian Kent
2020-08-03 12:31           ` David Howells
2020-08-03 14:30             ` Ian Kent
2020-03-18 15:05 ` [PATCH 14/17] watch_queue: sample: Display mount tree " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:05 ` [PATCH 15/17] watch_queue: Introduce a non-repeating system-unique superblock ID " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:05 ` [PATCH 16/17] watch_queue: Add superblock notifications " David Howells
2020-03-18 15:05 ` [PATCH 17/17] watch_queue: sample: Display " David Howells

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