Commit 049b3c10 authored by Al Viro's avatar Al Viro

vfs: update documentation on ->i_dentry handling

we used to need to clean it in RCU callback freeing an inode;
in 3.2 that requirement went away.  Unfortunately, it hadn't
been reflected in Documentation/filesystems/porting.
Signed-off-by: default avatarAl Viro <>
parent 7968ce12
......@@ -355,12 +355,10 @@ protects *all* the dcache state of a given dentry.
via rcu-walk path walk (basically, if the file can have had a path name in the
vfs namespace).
i_dentry and i_rcu share storage in a union, and the vfs expects
i_dentry to be reinitialized before it is freed, so an:
must be done in the RCU callback.
Even though i_dentry and i_rcu share storage in a union, we will
initialize the former in inode_init_always(), so just leave it alone in
the callback. It used to be necessary to clean it there, but not anymore
(starting at 3.2).
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