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RE: [dm-devel] Why is device mapper unable to remove a mapped devicewhich is open?



Yes, I remember this coming up in discussions quite some time
ago.

Thanks! 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dm-devel-bounces redhat com 
> [mailto:dm-devel-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Alasdair G Kergon
> Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 4:43 PM
> To: device-mapper development
> Subject: Re: [dm-devel] Why is device mapper unable to remove 
> a mapped devicewhich is open?
> 
> On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 04:26:16PM -0400, goggin, edward wrote:
> > Why shouldn't the kernel's reference counting for the
> > mapped device's md structure account for properly 
> > handling the de-allocation of the md structure upon
> > the last close in this case?
> 
> This behaviour has flipped a couple of times during the
> development.
> 
> It would be fine if devices could never be suspended.
> You can't close a suspended device you've written to
> until it gets resumed.  If you've removed it you can't
> resume it because it has gone.
> 
> It's similar in a way to how the kernel used to (at least I 
> assume someone
> fixed it?) let you unlink a swap file and then it was impossible to
> 'swapoff' because you couldn't reference the device any more.
>  
> Alasdair
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