Bug 8536

Summary: rmdir shows wrong behaviour when trying to remove a mountpoint
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Dmitry Pugachov <dima_p>
Component: kernelAssignee: Michael K. Johnson <johnsonm>
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Description Dmitry Pugachov 2000-01-17 13:49:11 UTC
When rmdir() is called with a mounpoint (directory with a mounted
filesystem) name as the argument, it returns ENOENT error code. It appears
that there is a bug in the do_rmdir() routine (fs/namei.c module):

        dentry = lookup_dentry(name, NULL, 0);
        dir = dget(dentry->d_parent);
        error = -ENOENT;
        if (check_parent(dir, dentry))
                error = vfs_rmdir(dir->d_inode, dentry);

lookup_dentry() will return the dentry for the root of the mounted
filesystem, thus resulting in that dir will be the same as dentry (d_parent
field of "/" points to itself). After that, check_parent() will fail
(because dir == dentry), and ENOENT will be returned.

Clearly, "no such file or directory" is not the right way to tell the user
that she's trying to rmdir() a mountpoint. Changing check_parent() to:

#define check_parent(dir, dentry) \
        ((dir) == (dentry) || (dir) == (dentry)->d_parent &&

fixes the problem, but that might cause some trouble with parent locking,
or am I wrong?