[ 3.5.y.z extended stable ] Patch "NFS: Don't silently fail setattr() requests on mountpoints" has been added to staging queue

Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski herton.krzesinski at canonical.com
Fri Feb 1 14:40:40 UTC 2013

This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    NFS: Don't silently fail setattr() requests on mountpoints

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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>From 529e9b8d6efe15e196d3f459a5984991715204a2 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Trond Myklebust <Trond.Myklebust at netapp.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:17:06 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] NFS: Don't silently fail setattr() requests on mountpoints

commit ab225417825963b6dc66be7ea80f94ac1378dfdf upstream.

Ensure that any setattr and getattr requests for junctions and/or
mountpoints are sent to the server. Ever since commit
0ec26fd0698 (vfs: automount should ignore LOOKUP_FOLLOW), we have
silently dropped any setattr requests to a server-side mountpoint.
For referrals, we have silently dropped both getattr and setattr

This patch restores the original behaviour for setattr on mountpoints,
and tries to do the same for referrals, provided that we have a

Signed-off-by: Trond Myklebust <Trond.Myklebust at netapp.com>
Signed-off-by: Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski <herton.krzesinski at canonical.com>
 fs/nfs/namespace.c |   20 ++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 20 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/nfs/namespace.c b/fs/nfs/namespace.c
index bacd772..95954e6 100644
--- a/fs/nfs/namespace.c
+++ b/fs/nfs/namespace.c
@@ -175,11 +175,31 @@ out_nofree:
 	return mnt;

+static int
+nfs_namespace_getattr(struct vfsmount *mnt, struct dentry *dentry, struct kstat *stat)
+	if (NFS_FH(dentry->d_inode)->size != 0)
+		return nfs_getattr(mnt, dentry, stat);
+	generic_fillattr(dentry->d_inode, stat);
+	return 0;
+static int
+nfs_namespace_setattr(struct dentry *dentry, struct iattr *attr)
+	if (NFS_FH(dentry->d_inode)->size != 0)
+		return nfs_setattr(dentry, attr);
+	return -EACCES;
 const struct inode_operations nfs_mountpoint_inode_operations = {
 	.getattr	= nfs_getattr,
+	.setattr	= nfs_setattr,

 const struct inode_operations nfs_referral_inode_operations = {
+	.getattr	= nfs_namespace_getattr,
+	.setattr	= nfs_namespace_setattr,

 static void nfs_expire_automounts(struct work_struct *work)

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