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[Cluster-devel] Re: [PATCH] Fix qdiskd device scanning logic

On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 10:07:21PM +0100, Fabio Massimo Di Nitto wrote:
> the original idea of scanning /dev was not too bad but after porting it to
> ocfs2-tools and brainstorming again with the guys, we found a few things that
> could be done better.
> Let's change a direct scan of /dev into:
> - scan /sys/block first for well.. block devices.
> - sysfs exports enough info for us to filter out removable devices
>   like cdroms that we don't care to even check and to gather
>   maj/min of each device.

	We need to check /sys/block/<xxx>/device/media too.  A removable
cdrom should be skipped.  A removable USB/FW drive?  Perhaps not.

> - scan /dev only to match maj/min and gather the device name.

	You should do this up front to create a mapping table.
Currently, it will re-recurse /dev for each device found in /sys.  While
the data will be cached in the kernel, it's much better to have a lookup
table in your code.  You also save all checking on non-block devices in
additional paths.  If a device appears after your table was built, you
just rescan.
	Also, it needs better handling of "I want a list of all
devices".  It currently only does "print out in a static way".
ocfs2-tools wants a list of all devices.  Sometimes we want "all
devices", sometimes "all ocfs2 devices", sometimes "all non-ocfs2
	Wouldn't we be better off with a scan API that you call without
the path prefix (it knows how to find /sys/block and /dev), but with a
callback function?  That function can take the path in /dev,
is_removable, the media type, and a void*.  It can then decide on
whether the block device is valid or not, adding to the void* as it
pleases.  The return code from the callback would specify "<0 == error,
0 = continue, 1 = quit".  Then a simple "lookup label" find would use
the callback to check the label against the void*.  When it matches, it
fills in the void* with the device name and returns 1.  That sort of

> - never dig or attempt to check hidden files.



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