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Re: [PATCH] glibc: use autofs mount hint in getmntent_r()
- From: Florian Weimer <fweimer at redhat dot com>
- To: Ian Kent <ikent at redhat dot com>
- Cc: libc-alpha at sourceware dot org
- Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 13:34:08 +0200
- Subject: Re: [PATCH] glibc: use autofs mount hint in getmntent_r()
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
* Ian Kent:
> Historically autofs mounts were not included in mount table
> listings. This is the case in other SysV autofs implementations
> and was also the case with Linux autofs.
> But now that /etc/mtab is a symlink to the proc filesystem
> mount table the autofs mount entries appear in the mount table
> on Linux.
Overall, this looks good. Thanks.
I added a ChangeLog entry, tweaked the return type of get_mnt_entry to
bool, and avoided the parameter assignment in __getmntent_r. Do you
think these changes are okay?
I'll post my new test separately.
From: Ian Kent <email@example.com>
Use autofs "ignore" mount hint in getmntent_r/getmntent
Historically autofs mounts were not included in mount table
listings. This is the case in other SysV autofs implementations
and was also the case with Linux autofs.
But now that /etc/mtab is a symlink to the proc filesystem
mount table the autofs mount entries appear in the mount table
Prior to the symlinking of /etc/mtab mount table it was
sufficient to call mount(2) and simply not update /etc/mtab
to exclude autofs mounts from mount listings.
Also, with the symlinking of /etc/mtab we have seen a shift in
usage toward using the proc mount tables directly.
But the autofs mount entries need to be retained when coming
from the proc file system for applications that need them
(largely autofs file system users themselves) so filtering out
these entries within the kernel itself can't be done. So it
needs be done in user space.
There are three reasons to omit the autofs mount entries.
One is that certain types of auto-mounts have an autofs mount
for every entry in their autofs mount map and these maps can
be quite large. This leads to mount table listings containing
a lot of unnecessary entries.
Also, this change in behaviour between autofs implementations
can cause problems for applications that use getmntent(3) in
other OS implementations as well as Linux.
Lastly, there's very little that user space can do with autofs
mount entries since this must be left to the autofs mount owner,
typically the automount daemon. But it can also lead to attempts
to access automount managed paths resulting mounts being triggered
when they aren't needed or mounts staying mounted for much longer
thay they need be. While the point of this change ins't to help
with these problems (and it can be quite a problem) it may be
a welcome side effect.
So the Linux autofs file system has been modified to accept a
pseudo mount option of "ignore" (as is used in other OS
implementations) so that user space can use this as a hint to
skip autofs entries on reading the mount table.
The Linux autofs automount daemon used getmntent(3) itself and
has been modified to use the proc file system directly so that
it can "ignore" mount option.
The use of this mount option is opt-in and a configuration
option has been added which defaults to not use this option
so if there are applications that need these entries, other
than autofs itself, they can be retained. Also, since this
filtering is based on an added mount option earlier versions
of Linux autofs iand other autofs file system users will not
use the option and so won't be affected by the change.
2019-09-02 Ian Kent <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Use autofs "ignore" mount hint in getmntent_r/getmntent.
* misc/mntent_r.c (get_mnt_entry): New function, extracted from
(__getmntent_r): Call it. Filter out autofs entries with an
"ignore" mount option.
diff --git a/misc/mntent_r.c b/misc/mntent_r.c
index 5d88c45c6f..d90e8d7087 100644
@@ -18,6 +18,7 @@
@@ -112,26 +113,18 @@ decode_name (char *buf)
-/* Read one mount table entry from STREAM. Returns a pointer to storage
- reused on the next call, or null for EOF or error (use feof/ferror to
- check). */
-struct mntent *
-__getmntent_r (FILE *stream, struct mntent *mp, char *buffer, int bufsiz)
+get_mnt_entry (FILE *stream, struct mntent *mp, char *buffer, int bufsiz)
- flockfile (stream);
if (__fgets_unlocked (buffer, bufsiz, stream) == NULL)
- funlockfile (stream);
- return NULL;
+ return false;
end_ptr = strchr (buffer, '\n');
if (end_ptr != NULL) /* chop newline */
@@ -181,9 +174,40 @@ __getmntent_r (FILE *stream, struct mntent *mp, char *buffer, int bufsiz)
+ return true;
+/* Read one mount table entry from STREAM. Returns a pointer to storage
+ reused on the next call, or null for EOF or error (use feof/ferror to
+ check). */
+struct mntent *
+__getmntent_r (FILE *stream, struct mntent *mp, char *buffer, int bufsiz)
+ struct mntent *result;
+ flockfile (stream);
+ while (true)
+ if (get_mnt_entry (stream, mp, buffer, bufsiz))
+ /* If the file system is autofs look for a mount option hint
+ ("ignore") to skip the entry. */
+ if (strcmp (mp->mnt_type, "autofs") == 0 && __hasmntopt (mp, "ignore"))
+ memset (mp, 0, sizeof (*mp));
+ result = mp;
+ result = NULL;
- return mp;
+ return result;
weak_alias (__getmntent_r, getmntent_r)