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Subject[RFC] PATCH to fix rescan_partitions to return errors properly
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Hi,

Currently the rescan_partition returns 0 (success), even if it is unable
to rescan the partition information ( may be due to disks offline, I/O
error reading the table or unknown partition ). This would make ioctl()
calls succeed for BLKRRPART requests even if partitions were not scanned
properly, which is not a good thing to do.

Attached here is patch to fix the issue. The patch makes
rescan_partition to return -EINVAL for unknown partitions and -EIO for
disk I/O errors ( or when disks are offline ).

Comments ?

Thanks,

Suzuki K P <suzuki@in.ibm.com>
Linux Technology Centre,
IBM Systems & Technology Labs.




* Fix recscan_partitions to return error when the partition is unknown
or there is an I/O error reading the partition information.


Signed Off by : Suzuki K P <suzuki@in.ibm.com>

Index: linux-2.6.18/fs/partitions/check.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.18.orig/fs/partitions/check.c 2006-09-26
04:41:55.000000000 +0530
+++ linux-2.6.18/fs/partitions/check.c 2006-09-26 05:09:29.000000000 +0530
@@ -177,7 +177,7 @@
else if (warn_no_part)
printk(" unable to read partition table\n");
kfree(state);
- return NULL;
+ return ERR_PTR(res);
}

/*
@@ -458,8 +458,13 @@
delete_partition(disk, p);
if (disk->fops->revalidate_disk)
disk->fops->revalidate_disk(disk);
- if (!get_capacity(disk) || !(state = check_partition(disk, bdev)))
- return 0;
+ if (!get_capacity(disk))
+ return -EINVAL;
+ state = check_partition(disk, bdev);
+ if (!state)
+ return -EINVAL;
+ if (IS_ERR(state))
+ return -EIO;
for (p = 1; p < state->limit; p++) {
sector_t size = state->parts[p].size;
sector_t from = state->parts[p].from;


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