cvs commit: src/sys/sys disk.h src/sys/geom geom_dev.c

Pawel Jakub Dawidek pjd at
Sat May 5 17:02:20 UTC 2007

pjd         2007-05-05 17:02:19 UTC

  FreeBSD src repository

  Modified files:
    sys/sys              disk.h 
    sys/geom             geom_dev.c 
  Implement three new ioctls that can be used with GEOM provider:
          DIOCGFLUSH - Flush write cache (sends BIO_FLUSH).
          DIOCGDELETE - Delete data (mark as unused) (sends BIO_DELETE).
          DIOCGIDENT - Get provider's uniqe and fixed identifier (asks for
                  GEOM::ident attribute).
  First two are self-explanatory, but the last one might not be. Here are
  properties of provider's ident:
  - ident value is preserved between reboots,
  - provider can be detached/attached and ident is preserved,
  - provider's name can change - ident can't,
  - ident value should not be based on on-disk metadata; in other words
    copying whole data from one disk to another should not yield the same
    ident for the other disk,
  - there could be more than one provider with the same ident, but only if
    they point at exactly the same physical storage, this is the case for
    multipathing for example,
  - GEOM classes that consumes single providers and provide single providers,
    like geli, gbde, should just attach class name to the ident of the
    underlying provider,
  - ident is an ASCII string (is printable),
  - ident is optional and applications can't relay on its presence.
  The main purpose for this is that application and remember provider's ident
  and once it tries to open provider by its name again, it may compare idents
  to be sure this is the right provider. If it is not (idents don't match),
  then it can open provider by its ident.
  OK'ed by:       phk
  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.94      +20 -0     src/sys/geom/geom_dev.c
  1.42      +32 -0     src/sys/sys/disk.h

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