bin/24271: [patch] dumpon(8) should check its argument more

rwatson at rwatson at
Sat Feb 16 13:33:25 UTC 2008

Synopsis: [patch] dumpon(8) should check its argument more

State-Changed-From-To: open->closed
State-Changed-By: rwatson
State-Changed-When: Sat Feb 16 13:27:29 UTC 2008
After some discussion on #freebsd-bugbusters, it sounds like we should close
this PR on the basis that UNIX likes to let you shoot your feet.  If we were
designing swap/dump behavior from scratch, my preference would be to have a
partition header in much the same way we have a superblock for file systems
so that partition selection could be validated directly.  However, in the 
ame way that we don't validate partions for swap, we don't validate for
dump, as dump and swap data may contain arbitrary contents.

While it's not something we appear to heavily support in fstab anymore, I
actually like the ability to dump to a separate partition or location from
swap -- swap has a tendency to get overwritten for large file system checks
(etc), whereas a dedicated dump partition isn't.  Likewise, on very small
systems where textdumps are used and swapping isn't enabled, that
distinction is also useful.

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