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Re: [Cluster-devel] [PATCH] mkfs.gfs2: Follow symlinks before checking device contents

Hi Bob,

On 20/06/12 17:15, Bob Peterson wrote:
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| +	absname = canonicalize_file_name(sdp->device_name);

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the patch. I just wanted to point out that in the past we've
used realpath rather than canonicalize_file_name. For example, see this patch
we did a long time ago to gfs2_tool:


Hmm those uses of realpath seem to have disappeared since.

It would be nice if our use was consistent. I'm not sure if there's an
advantage of one over the other. If canonicalize_file_name is now preferred
upstream over realpath, we should probably replace all occurrences of that.

On the other hand, if realpath is now preferred upstream, we should adjust
this patch to use it instead. AFAIK, they are the same, and I don't have a
personal preference; whatever is most favoured by the upstream community. :)

I couldn't find any strong arguments in preference of either function and we're already using _GNU_SOURCE extensions so there's no added portability issue. In the current state of gfs2-utils.git we're only using realpath twice, in gfs2_quota, so I don't think there's a strong consistency argument either. I'll push this one as-is in the morning unless someone can provide a convincing reason to use realpath :)

Otherwise, the patch looks good.

Thanks for the review,


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