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bug#10349: tail: fix --follow on FhGFS remote file systems

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#10349: tail: fix --follow on FhGFS remote file systems
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:03:22 +0100

Pádraig Brady wrote:
> On 12/23/2011 12:08 PM, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>> On 12/22/2011 11:48 PM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>>> On 12/22/2011 09:50 PM, Alan Curry wrote:
>>>>> Bob Proulx writes:
>>>>>> Jim Meyering wrote:
>>>>>>> Are there so many new remote file systems coming into use now?
>>>>>>> That are not listed in /usr/include/linux/magic.h?
>>>>>> The past can always be enumerated.  The future is always changing.  It
>>>>>> isn't possible to have a complete list of future items.  It is only
>>>>>> possible to have a complete list of past items.  The future is not yet
>>>>>> written.
>>>>> Between past and future is the present, i.e. the currently running kernel.
>>>>> Shouldn't it return an error when you use an interface that isn't 
>>>>> implemented
>>>>> by the underlying filesystem? Why doesn't this happen?
>>>> That's a fair point.
>>>> Eric shouldn't some/all remote file systems in the kernel
>>>> return ENOTSUP for inotify operations?
>>> Oh right, as Sven points out,
>>> a notification _is_ sent for local processes modifying a remote file.
>>> I guess we'd need a IN_REMOTE flag (send remote events too), which
>>> remote file systems would return ENOTSUP if they don't support that.
>>> That's getting a bit awkward though.
>> I'm thinking of recording[*] which file systems are local and which
>> are remote.
> You mean by tagging the table in stat.c with say "(remote)" after the
> hex constant?
> Then use that to build a header for use by tail::fremote() ?


>> Then we can make tail -f warn when one or more of
>> its file arguments resides on a remote file system.  We may finally
>> have to add and document --disable-inotify.
> Currently we fall back to polling for remote file systems.
> I'm not sure it's worth warning since it's only a latency difference.

My original goal was to warn, for unknown file system types,
that the type is unknown (suggesting to report it), and that
tail -f is resorting to the use of polling.

>> [*] It's easy to record local/remote in a table from which a switch stmt
>> or gperf table is derived, just as is currently done for FS magic numbers.

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