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Subject[PATCH 3/3] overlayfs: Report writeback errors on upper
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Currently syncfs() and fsync() seem to be two interfaces which check and
return writeback errors on superblock to user space. fsync() should
work fine with overlayfs as it relies on underlying filesystem to
do the check and return error. For example, if ext4 is on upper filesystem,
then ext4_sync_file() calls file_check_and_advance_wb_err(file) on
upper file and returns error. So overlayfs does not have to do anything
special.

But with syncfs(), error check happens in vfs in syncfs() w.r.t
overlay_sb->s_wb_err. Given overlayfs is stacked filesystem, it
does not do actual writeback and all writeback errors are recorded
on underlying filesystem. So sb->s_wb_err is never updated hence
syncfs() does not work with overlay.

Jeff suggested that instead of trying to propagate errors to overlay
super block, why not simply check for errors against upper filesystem
super block. I implemented this idea.

Overlay file has "since" value which needs to be initialized at open
time. Overlay overrides VFS initialization and re-initializes
f->f_sb_err w.r.t upper super block. Later when
ovl_sb->errseq_check_advance() is called, f->f_sb_err is used as
since value to figure out if any error on upper sb has happened since
then.

Note, Right now this patch only deals with regular file and directories.
Yet to deal with special files like device inodes, socket, fifo etc.

Suggested-by: Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com>
---
fs/overlayfs/file.c | 1 +
fs/overlayfs/overlayfs.h | 1 +
fs/overlayfs/readdir.c | 1 +
fs/overlayfs/super.c | 23 +++++++++++++++++++++++
fs/overlayfs/util.c | 13 +++++++++++++
5 files changed, 39 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/file.c b/fs/overlayfs/file.c
index efccb7c1f9bc..7b58a44dcb71 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/file.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/file.c
@@ -163,6 +163,7 @@ static int ovl_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
return PTR_ERR(realfile);

file->private_data = realfile;
+ ovl_init_file_errseq(file);

return 0;
}
diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/overlayfs.h b/fs/overlayfs/overlayfs.h
index f8880aa2ba0e..47838abbfb3d 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/overlayfs.h
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/overlayfs.h
@@ -322,6 +322,7 @@ int ovl_check_metacopy_xattr(struct ovl_fs *ofs, struct dentry *dentry);
bool ovl_is_metacopy_dentry(struct dentry *dentry);
char *ovl_get_redirect_xattr(struct ovl_fs *ofs, struct dentry *dentry,
int padding);
+void ovl_init_file_errseq(struct file *file);

static inline bool ovl_is_impuredir(struct super_block *sb,
struct dentry *dentry)
diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/readdir.c b/fs/overlayfs/readdir.c
index 01620ebae1bd..0c48f1545483 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/readdir.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/readdir.c
@@ -960,6 +960,7 @@ static int ovl_dir_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
od->is_real = ovl_dir_is_real(file->f_path.dentry);
od->is_upper = OVL_TYPE_UPPER(type);
file->private_data = od;
+ ovl_init_file_errseq(file);

return 0;
}
diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/super.c b/fs/overlayfs/super.c
index 290983bcfbb3..d99867983722 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/super.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/super.c
@@ -390,6 +390,28 @@ static int ovl_remount(struct super_block *sb, int *flags, char *data)
return ret;
}

+static int ovl_errseq_check_advance(struct super_block *sb, struct file *file)
+{
+ struct ovl_fs *ofs = sb->s_fs_info;
+ struct super_block *upper_sb;
+ int ret;
+
+ if (!ovl_upper_mnt(ofs))
+ return 0;
+
+ upper_sb = ovl_upper_mnt(ofs)->mnt_sb;
+
+ if (!errseq_check(&upper_sb->s_wb_err, file->f_sb_err))
+ return 0;
+
+ /* Something changed, must use slow path */
+ spin_lock(&file->f_lock);
+ ret = errseq_check_and_advance(&upper_sb->s_wb_err, &file->f_sb_err);
+ spin_unlock(&file->f_lock);
+
+ return ret;
+}
+
static const struct super_operations ovl_super_operations = {
.alloc_inode = ovl_alloc_inode,
.free_inode = ovl_free_inode,
@@ -400,6 +422,7 @@ static const struct super_operations ovl_super_operations = {
.statfs = ovl_statfs,
.show_options = ovl_show_options,
.remount_fs = ovl_remount,
+ .errseq_check_advance = ovl_errseq_check_advance,
};

enum {
diff --git a/fs/overlayfs/util.c b/fs/overlayfs/util.c
index 23f475627d07..a1742847f3a8 100644
--- a/fs/overlayfs/util.c
+++ b/fs/overlayfs/util.c
@@ -950,3 +950,16 @@ char *ovl_get_redirect_xattr(struct ovl_fs *ofs, struct dentry *dentry,
kfree(buf);
return ERR_PTR(res);
}
+
+void ovl_init_file_errseq(struct file *file)
+{
+ struct super_block *sb = file_dentry(file)->d_sb;
+ struct ovl_fs *ofs = sb->s_fs_info;
+ struct super_block *upper_sb;
+
+ if (!ovl_upper_mnt(ofs))
+ return;
+
+ upper_sb = ovl_upper_mnt(ofs)->mnt_sb;
+ file->f_sb_err = errseq_sample(&upper_sb->s_wb_err);
+}
--
2.25.4
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