cvs commit: src/sys/amd64/conf GENERIC src/sys/arm/conf EP80219
src/sys/conf NOTES files files.powerpc options src/sys/geom
geom_gpt.c src/sys/geom/part g_part.c g_part.h g_part_apm.c g_part_gpt.c
g_part_if.m src/sys/i386/conf GENERIC ...
nate at root.org
Wed Feb 7 23:30:09 UTC 2007
Robert Watson wrote:
> On Wed, 7 Feb 2007, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
>> In message <20070207200130.J23167 at fledge.watson.org>, Robert Watson
>>>> The ctlreq interface supports verbs to create and destroy
>>>> partitioning schemes on a disk; to add, delete and modify
>>>> partitions; and to commit or undo changes made.
>>> Does this mean we can expect to see the disabling of GEOM
>>> exclusive-use protections disappear from normal administrative
>>> activities soon, as there will now be approved channels to
>>> incrementally change the layout of in-use partition tables?
>> There is already a mechanism for that. How do you think bsdlabel(8)
>> and fdisk(8) works ?
> I understand that. This was a pragmatic question rather than a
> philosophical question: I know it can be done, but is it now being
> done. The answer appears to be yes.
I assume phk@ is referring to the geom debug flags sysctl. The problem
with that approach is that it disabled (and potentially left disabled if
the flag wasn't cleared as the tool exits) all protection for the
devnode behind the mounted drive. If something else was running at the
same time, it could overwrite any data on the devnode. Or the fdisk
tool could write anywhere in the device, not just the boot sector.
I really like Marcel's change since it puts control of the actions to
make changes into the GEOM, allowing for finer-grained validation of
user tool actions. And undo would be just amazing. Thanks!
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