Checklist/Inotify

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Current Status

Any task using inotify will cause sys_checkpoint() to return failure. Using the glibc syscall wrapper this would mean it would return -1 and set errno to EINVAL.

Issues, Solutions, Impacts

Summary

Issue Solution(s) Impact
Wait descriptors Yes Ugly (nothing new as far as inotify is concerned -- see existing comments in the code)
Event queue races Unknown Probably ugly

Details

1. Wait descriptors refer to inodes but mentioning inode numbers in checkpoint images is forbidden.
 1. Use dentry aliases to find a path to store in the checkpoint image
 2. Change policy re: inode numbers in checkpoint images
    * Add a flag passed from userspace indicating whether inodes should be allowed in the checkpoint image.
    * Fail or fallback to dentry alias solution if the flag is missing
    * Return some indication of whether there are inode numbers in the checkpoint?
      * This affects the method used to checkpoint the filesystems.
 3. Ignore inotify, which would likely be ugly, and "do it right" with fanotify instead. (Al might like this idea)
2. Races between filesystem checkpoint and event queue checkpoint.
 * No solutions yet. fanotify may have this issue too.
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