> On Aug 11, 2018, at 12:29 AM, David Howells <dhowe...@redhat.com> wrote:
> Eric W. Biederman <ebied...@xmission.com> wrote:
>>> Yes, I agree it would be nice to have, but it *doesn't* really need
>>> supporting right this minute, since what I have now oughtn't to break the
>>> current behaviour.
>> I am really reluctant to endorse anything that propagates the issues of
>> the current interface in the new mount interface.
> Do realise that your problem cannot be solved through fsopen() until every
> filesystem is converted to the new fs_context-based sget() since the flag has
> to make it from the VFS through the filesystem to sget().
> I'm reluctant to add this flag till that point until that time unless we error
> out if the flag is set against a legacy filesystem.

I don’t see why we need all this fancy “do the options match” stuff.  For the 
handful of filesystems (like NFS) that do something intelligent when multiple 
non-bind mount requests against the same underlying storage happen,  we can 
keep that behavior in the new API. For other filesystems that don’t have this 
feature, we should simply fail the request.

IOW I see so compelling reason to call sget() at all from the new API.  The 
only sort-of-legit use case I can think of is mounting more than one btrfs 
subvolume. But even that should probably not be done by asking the kernel to 
separately instantiate the filesystem.

As another way of looking at it: for a network filesystem, mounting the same 
target ip and path from two different Linux machines works, so mounting it 
twice from the same machine should also work.  But mounting the same underlying 
ext4 block device from two different Linux machines (using nbd, iscsi, etc) 
would be a catastrophe, so I see no reason that it needs to be supported if 
it’s two mounts from one machine.

The case folding example is interesting, and I think it should probably have a 
slightly different API. A program could open_tree a nocasefold mount and then 
make a request to create what is functionally a bind mount but with different 

mount(8) will presumably just keep using mount(2).
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