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[Bug 882147] Re: overlayfs does not implement inotify interfaces correctly


@Mike Mestnik: To be true, i have a record that shows that i'm not the
nicest and most patient living person in the world - but you should look
at the bigger picture. I've used aufs for ISOs long term - with the
latest development in debian aufs does more harm than good - so the
logical switch is to overlayfs. And the overlay should give feedback
about changed files the same way as the most other filesystems do - i
think thats called the principle of least surprise.

@Li Jianguo (byjgli): thanks for the patch, does what it should so far,
i should have a closer look at it, apply to a 3.18 Kernel without
problems, quilt refresh does its work. So far it works good with both
tail and Qt 5.3.2 too - big thanks, that save me days.

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  overlayfs does not implement inotify interfaces correctly

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Bug description:
  When using tail on the liveCD some updates are not reported.  This
  seems to be triggered by tail using inotify to identify modified
  files.  Overlayfs does not appear to be implementing inotify quite the
  way you might hope reporting only against the underlying filesystems.

  Related bugs:
   * bug 1213925:  upstart should notice "/etc" inode change

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
  Package: linux-image-3.0.0-12-generic 3.0.0-12.20
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
  Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
  AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.24.
  ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
  Architecture: amd64
   **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
   card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
     Subdevices: 0/1
     Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
   /dev/snd/controlC0:  apw        2296 F.... pulseaudio
   /dev/snd/pcmC0D0c:   apw        2296 F...m pulseaudio
   /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p:   apw        2296 F...m pulseaudio
   Card hw:0 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0xfc700000 irq 47'
     Mixer name	: 'Intel Cantiga HDMI'
     Components	: 'HDA:111d7675,1028029f,00100103 HDA:80862802,80860101,00100000'
     Controls      : 20
     Simple ctrls  : 11
  Date: Wed Oct 26 17:46:16 2011
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=d8328455-deac-4bae-877d-c408d371cefe
  MachineType: Dell Inc. Studio 1537
   PATH=(custom, user)
  ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-12-generic root=UUID=cf503727-25f2-4ecd-b0f3-2b894523bcba ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
   linux-restricted-modules-3.0.0-12-generic N/A
   linux-backports-modules-3.0.0-12-generic  N/A
   linux-firmware                            1.60
  SourcePackage: linux
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-17 (9 days ago)

  dmi.bios.date: 09/22/2008
  dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.bios.version: A03
  dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.board.version: A03
  dmi.chassis.type: 8
  dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
  dmi.chassis.version: A03
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA03:bd09/22/2008:svnDellInc.:pnStudio1537:pvrA03:rvnDellInc.:rn:rvrA03:cvnDellInc.:ct8:cvrA03:
  dmi.product.name: Studio 1537
  dmi.product.version: A03
  dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

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