Commit a4ff7401 authored by David Howells's avatar David Howells

afs: Keep track of invalid-before version for dentry coherency

Each afs dentry is tagged with the version that the parent directory was at
last time it was validated and, currently, if this differs, the directory
is scanned and the dentry is refreshed.

However, this leads to an excessive amount of revalidation on directories
that get modified on the client without conflict with another client.  We
know there's no conflict because the parent directory's data version number
got incremented by exactly 1 on any create, mkdir, unlink, etc., therefore
we can trust the current state of the unaffected dentries when we perform a
local directory modification.

Optimise by keeping track of the last version of the parent directory that
was changed outside of the client in the parent directory's vnode and using
that to validate the dentries rather than the current version.
Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid Howells <>
parent dd9fbcb8
......@@ -1015,7 +1015,7 @@ static int afs_d_revalidate(struct dentry *dentry, unsigned int flags)
struct dentry *parent;
struct inode *inode;
struct key *key;
void *dir_version;
long dir_version, de_version;
int ret;
if (flags & LOOKUP_RCU)
......@@ -1059,9 +1059,19 @@ static int afs_d_revalidate(struct dentry *dentry, unsigned int flags)
goto out_bad_parent;
dir_version = (void *) (unsigned long) dir->status.data_version;
if (dentry->d_fsdata == dir_version)
goto out_valid; /* the dir contents are unchanged */
/* We only need to invalidate a dentry if the server's copy changed
* behind our back. If we made the change, it's no problem. Note that
* on a 32-bit system, we only have 32 bits in the dentry to store the
* version.
dir_version = (long)dir->status.data_version;
de_version = (long)dentry->d_fsdata;
if (de_version == dir_version)
goto out_valid;
dir_version = (long)dir->invalid_before;
if (de_version - dir_version >= 0)
goto out_valid;
_debug("dir modified");
afs_stat_v(dir, n_reval);
......@@ -1120,7 +1130,7 @@ static int afs_d_revalidate(struct dentry *dentry, unsigned int flags)
dentry->d_fsdata = dir_version;
dentry->d_fsdata = (void *)dir_version;
_leave(" = 1 [valid]");
......@@ -100,6 +100,7 @@ void afs_update_inode_from_status(struct afs_vnode *vnode,
(unsigned long long) status->data_version,
vnode->fid.vid, vnode->fid.vnode,
(unsigned long long) *expected_version);
vnode->invalid_before = status->data_version;
set_bit(AFS_VNODE_DIR_MODIFIED, &vnode->flags);
set_bit(AFS_VNODE_ZAP_DATA, &vnode->flags);
......@@ -83,6 +83,7 @@ static int afs_inode_init_from_status(struct afs_vnode *vnode, struct key *key)
inode->i_blocks = 0;
inode->i_mapping->a_ops = &afs_fs_aops;
vnode->invalid_before = vnode->status.data_version;
......@@ -479,6 +479,7 @@ struct afs_vnode {
struct afs_volume *volume; /* volume on which vnode resides */
struct afs_fid fid; /* the file identifier for this inode */
struct afs_file_status status; /* AFS status info for this file */
afs_dataversion_t invalid_before; /* Child dentries are invalid before this */
struct fscache_cookie *cache; /* caching cookie */
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