RFC: should an incremental reload of exports for mountd be optional?

Ronald Klop ronald-lists at klop.ws
Mon Jun 3 21:24:50 UTC 2019

On Fri, 31 May 2019 23:50:10 +0200, Rick Macklem <rmacklem at uoguelph.ca>  

> Hi,
> I have created a patch for PR#237860 that improves the time it takes to  
> reload
> the exports file(s) for an NFS file server from seconds->milliseconds by  
> only doing
> system calls for the changes to the exports file(s). (Assumes each  
> reload includes
> changes to only a small fraction of the entries.)
> I made it a non-default option of "-I", but asomers@ asked why it needed  
> to be
> optional.
> Basically, I made it optional because I felt the patch might still be  
> buggy and not
> handle some case of an exports file change that I missed.
> However, I can see the argument of making it non-optional (or optional  
> but enabled
> by default) so that sysadmins don't need to add "-I" to avoid long  
> periods where the
> nfsd threads are suspended.
> If it is broken, the deamon would need to be restarted to do a full  
> reload, but that
> would also be the case if a sysadmin specified the "-I" option.
> So, the question is... "do you think this should be an option or just  
> always enabled?".

always enabled +1

> Thanks , rick
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