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Date:      Fri, 01 Dec 2006 22:38:34 +0900
From:      Daichi GOTO <>
Subject:   [ANN] unionfs patchset-17 release, lock mechanism changed for robust working
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Hi Guys!

It is my pleasure and honor to announce the availability of
the unionfs patchset-17. p17 have some significant improvements
around the lock mechanism for robust and stable working.

   For 7-current

   For 6.x
     sorry, it is for current only.

   Changes in unionfs-p17.diff
     - Fs takes illegal access without lock of lower layer
       vnode if the both upper/lower layers have both vnode.
       To fix this problem, we change the lock mechanism to
       get locks for both upper/lower layer always.
     - Kernel gets a dead-lock easily within above
       upper/lower-layer-always-lock-mechanism. To avoide
       above dead-lock, we changed vfs_lookup.c. By that change,
       it always locks vnodes parent first and children second.
       You could see the same lock-order-control implementation
       around cache_lookup.
     - It takes the both open/close operations per kernel thread.
     - It takes readdir-treat-status-management per kernel thread.
     - It reopens vnode if needed when coping to upper layer on
     - mount_unionfs(8) changes option style fitting for fstab(5)
       style. (by rodrigc)
     - manual of mount_unionfs(8) was changed. (by rodrigc)

The documents of those unionfs patches:  (English)  (Japanese)

  After release of p16, some folks gave us some panic reports that
indicate our implementations has a critical problem around the lock

  After our long researches and discussions, we have tried to
re-implement our unionfs lock mechanism. And it is done :)

  For unionfs lovers (including FreeSBIE developers, ports cluster
managers, heavy memory-fs users, or folks use unionfs), could you
try p17 please?  If p17 solves that panics, we guess it is unionfs
merge time for current branch.



  Current English document of web has some Japanese contents. We
need a translator ;-)

  Daichi GOTO,

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