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SubjectRe: udev is too slow creating devices
Hi,

I am fascinated about udev and others, but have some questions.

On Sun, 19 Sep 2004, Greg KH wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 19, 2004 at 05:53:05PM +0600, Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
>>
>> What we currently see is that distros either ignore the race or (like
>> LFS) say something like:
>
> I don't see distros ignoring the race issues. Look at Gentoo's init
> scripts, it handles this properly (if not, please let me know.)

I have Gentoo with udev (with 100% modular kernel). And I have speedtouch
USB ADSL modem. I am using paralell startup scripts feature. And
speedtouch tries to initialize itself (load firmware and so on) before USB
bus (or how to call it) is discovered. I can imagine moving firmware
loader to udev.d scripts but where should I place pppd launching (for
example I might have pppd or ifconfig binary on nfs mounted /usr from
my LAN...).

I understand that for messages like "xxx was just plugged in" there is
(masked) HAL and DBUS. But don't we need something where we can check if
particular part of the system (not only device but also removable media or
filesystem mount or some daemon) was initialized (or is currently plugged
and initialized) or not? And we should be able to locate device file or
mount point or controll socket of this part of the system... And don't
we need some multi-event script launcher: "Launch this when xxx was
plugged and initialized but not before yyy was initialized"? Gentoo has
dependency-based startup scripts but dependiencies are resolved statically
not dynamically... There should be also some inteligent way to
shut down device _and_ all things that depend on it when device is
unplugged and then reinitialize _everything_ when device is plugged
back... Not only device itself as it is in udev.d. Script in udev.d should
not know about services that depend on this device and services that
depend on these services...

And how udev, hotlpug and the rest of the system should hadle SATA disk
unpluggged in the middle of writing? And what if it will be plugged back?


Thanks,

Grzegorz Kulewski

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