Re: [PATCH RFC] vfs: make fstatat retry on ESTALE errors from getattr call

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On Fri, 2012-04-13 at 13:34 -0400, Peter Staubach wrote:
> I still think that returning ESTALE to the application is just exposing a short coming in the implementation.  From a path based system like stat(), the application should see either ENOENT or some sort valid return.
> 
> I also look at the looping from the other side.  While possible, of course, I'd like to see someone construct a situation where it really happens.  By this, I don't mean a thought experiment, but a real running situation.
> 
> We already have evidence, in the form of the Solaris NFS client, that infinite looping does not happen in nature.

Could we turn that statistic around? Has the Solaris client ever seen a
loop of more than, say, 5 or 6 retries?

I'm just trying to limit the scope of the problem...

Cheers
  Trond

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