DragonFly bugs List (threaded) for 2008-05
Re: atimes of binaries not properly updated
On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 7:16 PM, Matthew Dillon
> :The issue is that FSCRED and NOCRED are checked in the kern_prot.c
> :helper functions, but the vnops functions in the various file systems
> :dereference the struct ucred pointers without checking for a
> :NULL(NOCRED) or 0xFFFFFFFF(FSCRED) pointers. So what is the ideal
> :solution? Should the ucred API be extended in kern_prot to do the uid
> :check that the file systems do (while taking into account NOCRED and
> :And I thought this was such a simple patch ;)
> :-- Dion
> No, I would not change the API.
> There are three 'real' creds available that can be used. First, there
> is the current process cred. Second, there is the cred stored with
> the file pointer (struct file -> f_cred), and third there is the
> cred associated with the proc0 (proc0.p_ucred).
Ah. I suppose the proc0 cred would be the one to use when no process
context is available, at least, that's how it is done when
> After looking at your patch I think we actually should avoid using
> SETATTR to update the atime. That is a very active and expensive VOP
> and kinda messes up the critical path.
> If we want to update the atime from exec*() and from mmap() we should
> have access to the cred in the file pointer. What I would then do is
> actually create a new VOP op and let the filesystem do whatever internal
> actions it feels is reasonable to do the update. So, e.g. we would
> implement a new VOP called, say, VOP_SIGNAL_ACCESS(vp, cred) (maybe you
> can come up with a better name), with a default operation which is just
> a NOP. UFS and HAMMER would then implement that VOP (the only two
> filesystems we really care about insofar as atime goes), allowing them
> to optimize the operation.
> Our exec and mmap code would then call the VOP.
> How does that sound for a plan?
Sound good to me. Pretty much what FBSD does. I just wasn't sure if
adding another VOP was the way to go -- I didn't realize the setattr
was expensive. It would explain their choice.
Also, I was thinking about how to add a helper function for chmod
setattr code, but it seems you've already done it ;)
> Matthew Dillon