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[dm-devel] [patch 0/2] [V4] block: Support online resize of disk partitions


Few people have pinged me in rencent past about status of this patch, hence,
this is V4 of patch which adds support for online resizing of a partition.
This patch is based on previously posted patches by Phillip Susi. 

There are two patches. Out of which one is kernel patch and other one is
util-linux patch to add support of a user space utility "resizepart" to
allow resizing the partition.

This ioctl only resizes the partition size in kenrel and does not change
the size on disk. A user needs to make sure that corresponding changes
are made to disk data structures also using fdisk(or partx), if changes
are to be retained across reboot.

Changes since V3
- Do bdput() in error path as per the Maxim's review comments.

Changes since V2
- Do not ignore the "start" parameter in RESIZE ioctl.
- Change resizepart utility to parse sysfs to get to partition start.

Changes since V1
Following are changes since the version Phillip posted.
- RESIZE ioctl ignores the partition "start" and does not expect user to
  specify one. Caller needs to just specify "device", "partition number" and
  "size" of new partition.

- Got rid of part_nr_sects_write_begin/part_nr_sects_write_end functions
  and replaced these with single part_nr_sects_write().

- Some sequence counter related changes are simply lifted from i_size_write().

- Initialized part->nr_sects_seq using seqcount_init().

Phillip, do let me know if I should put your signed-off-by also in the

Any review feedback is welcome.

I did following test.

- Create a partition of 10MB on a disk using fdisk.
- Add this partition to a volume group
- Use fdisk to increase the partition size to 20MB. (First delete the
  partition and then create a new one of 20MB size).
- Use resizepart to extend partition size in kernel.
        resizepart /dev/sdc 1 40960
- Do pvresize on partition so that physical volume can be incrased in
  size online.
        pvresize /dev/sda1

pvresize does recognize the new size. Also lsblk and /proc/partitions
report the new size of partition.


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