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[RFC,15/15] Documentation: Document the FAN_ERROR framework

Message ID 20210426184201.4177978-16-krisman@collabora.com (mailing list archive)
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Gabriel Krisman Bertazi April 26, 2021, 6:42 p.m. UTC
Signed-off-by: Gabriel Krisman Bertazi <krisman@collabora.com>
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+.. SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
+File system Monitoring with fanotify
+fanotify supports the FAN_ERROR mark for file system-wide error
+reporting.  It is meant to be used by file system health monitoring
+daemons who listen on that interface and take actions (notify sysadmin,
+start recovery) when a file system problem is detected by the kernel.
+By design, A FAN_ERROR notification exposes sufficient information for a
+monitoring tool to map a problem to specific region of the file system
+or its code and trigger recovery procedures.  It doesn't necessarily
+provide a user space application with semantics to verify an IO
+operation was successfully executed.  That is outside of scope of this
+feature. Instead, it is only meant as a framework for early file system
+problem detection and reporting recovery tools.
+At the time of this writing, the only file system that emits this
+FAN_ERROR notifications is ext4.
+An example code for ext4 is provided at ``samples/fanotify/fs-monitor.c``.
+In order to guarantee notification delivery on different error
+conditions, FAN_ERROR requires the fanotify group to be created with
+FAN_PREALLOC_QUEUE.  This means a group that emits FAN_ERROR
+notifications currently cannot be reused for any other kind of
+To setup a group for error notification::
+Then, enable the FAN_ERROR mark on a specific path::
+  fanotify_mark(fd, FAN_MARK_ADD | FAN_MARK_FILESYSTEM, FAN_ERROR, AT_FDCWD, "/mnt");
+Notification structure
+A FAN_ERROR Notification has the following format::
+  [ Notification Metadata (Mandatory) ]
+  [ Generic Error Record  (Mandatory) ]
+  [ Error Location Record (Optional)  ]
+  [ FS-Specific Record    (Optional)  ]
+With the exception of the notification metadata and the generic
+information, all information records are optional.  Each record type is
+identified by its unique ``struct fanotify_event_info_header.info_type``.
+Generic error Location
+The Generic error record provides enough information for a file system
+agnostic tool to learn about a problem in the file system, without
+requiring any details about the problem.::
+  struct fanotify_event_info_error {
+	struct fanotify_event_info_header hdr;  /* info_type = FAN_EVENT_INFO_TYPE_ERROR */
+	int version;
+	int error;
+	__kernel_fsid_t fsid;
+  };
+Error Location Record
+Error location is required by some use cases to easily associate an
+error with a specific line of code.  Not every user case requires it and
+they might not be emitted for different file systems.
+Notice this field is variable length, but its size is found in ```hdr.len```.::
+  struct fanotify_event_info_location {
+	struct fanotify_event_info_header hdr; /* info_type = FAN_EVENT_INFO_TYPE_LOCATION */
+	int line;
+	char function[0];
+  };
+File system specific Record
+The file system specific record attempts to provide file system specific
+tools with enough information to uniquely identify the problem and
+hopefully recover from it.
+Since each file system defines its own specific data, this record is
+composed by a header, followed by a data blob, that is defined by each
+file system.  Review the file system documentation for more information.
+While the hdr.info_type identifies the presence of this field,
+``hdr.len`` field identifies the length of the file system specific
+structure following the header.::
+  struct fanotify_event_info_fsdata {
+	struct fanotify_event_info_header hdr; /* info_type = FAN_EVENT_INFO_TYPE_FSDATA */
+	struct data[0];
+  };
diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/index.rst b/Documentation/admin-guide/index.rst
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@@ -83,6 +83,7 @@  configure specific aspects of kernel behavior to your liking.
+   filesystem-monitoring