[klibc] Re: Exporting which partitions to md-configure

Neil Brown neilb at suse.de
Mon Jan 30 18:01:03 PST 2006

On Monday January 30, hpa at zytor.com wrote:
> Neil Brown wrote:
> > On Monday January 30, hpa at zytor.com wrote:
> > 
> >>Any feeling how best to do that?  My current thinking is to export a 
> >>"flags" entry in addition to the current ones, presumably based on 
> >>"struct parsed_partitions->parts[].flags" (fs/partitions/check.h), which 
> >>seems to be what causes md_autodetect_dev() to be called.
> > 
> > I think I would prefer a 'type' attribute in each partition that
> > records the 'type' from the partition table.  This might be more
> > generally useful than just for md.
> > Then your userspace code would have to look for '253' and use just
> > those partitions.
> > 
> What about non-DOS partitions?

Well, grepping through fs/partitions/*.c, the 'flags' thing is set by
 efi.c, msdos.c sgi.c sun.c

Of these, efi compares something against PARTITION_LINUX_RAID_GUID,
and msdos.c, sgi.c and sun. compare something against

The former would look like
in sysfs (I think);
The latter would look like
(I suspect).

These are both easily recognisable with no real room for confusion.

And if other partition styles wanted to add support for raid auto
detect, tell them "no". It is perfectly possible and even preferable
to live without autodetect.   We should support legacy usage (those
above) but should discourage any new usage.


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