coreutils: tests/tail-2/inotify-dir-recreate.sh fails on overlayfs

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Carl Dong wrote on 21 Apr 2021 17:35
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Hi all,

I’m continuing my testing of the 1.3.0 branch, and I’ve found that coreutil's tests/tail-2/inotify-dir-recreate.sh fails on filesystems where tail detects that it cannot use inotify safely (probably arising out of this check: https://github.com/coreutils/coreutils/blob/34a48bf0f0552aaed21a7dba4a5488946a978317/src/tail.c#L2486-L2491).Example for this: overlayfs used by docker/podman/etc.

The author of tail’s inotify support explains it here: https://github.com/containers/podman/issues/5493#issuecomment-598851397

A quick and easy fix for v1.3.0 may be to just disable tests/tail-2/inotify-dir-recreate.sh :-)

Cheers,
Carl Dong
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Carl Dong wrote on 22 Apr 2021 03:20
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 27 Apr 2021 09:53
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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 3 Jun 2021 21:29
Re: bug#47935: coreutils: tests/tail-2/inotify-dir-recreate.sh fails on overlayfs
(name . Carl Dong)(address . contact@carldong.me)(address . 47935@debbugs.gnu.org)
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Hi Carl,

Carl Dong <contact@carldong.me> skribis:

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> I’m continuing my testing of the 1.3.0 branch, and I’ve found that coreutil's tests/tail-2/inotify-dir-recreate.sh fails on filesystems where tail detects that it cannot use inotify safely (probably arising out of this check: https://github.com/coreutils/coreutils/blob/34a48bf0f0552aaed21a7dba4a5488946a978317/src/tail.c#L2486-L2491).Example for this: overlayfs used by docker/podman/etc.
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> The author of tail’s inotify support explains it here: https://github.com/containers/podman/issues/5493#issuecomment-598851397

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With people more on more interested in finally getting ‘core-updates’
merged, now’s a good time to look into this bug. :-)

In the bug report upstream, you hint at a possible fix. Could you
provide a patch for this?

Alternatively, if that turns out to be too tricky, can you think of a
workaround, such as skipping the offending code during tests?

Thanks,
Ludo’.
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