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SubjectRe: magic device renumbering was -- Re: Linux 2.4.2ac20
On Wed, 14 Mar 2001 12:34:06 -0700 (MST), Andreas Dilger wrote in LKML:

>Lars writes:
>> > Put LABEL=<label set with e2label> in you fstab in place of the device name.
>>
>> Which is great, for filesystems that support labels. Unfortunately,
>> this isn't universally available -- for instance, you cannot mount
>> a swap partition by label or uuid, so it is not possible to completely
>> isolate yourself from the problems of disk device renumbering.
>
>There is room for a LABEL and/or UUID in the swap superblock, if you
>would want to implement support for this.

Despair no more! I've implemented a patch for util-linux-2.11a
which adds LABEL support to mkswap(8) and swapon/swapoff(8).

- I shrunk the padding field in the new-style swap_header to make
room for 16 bytes worth of volume label (same as ext2)
- mkswap -L label also sets the volume label
- swapon -L label looks for a swap partition with the given label
(using a clone of mount(8)'s LABEL/UUID= support code)
- swapon/swapoff -a also handles swap fstab entries where the
device is specified as LABEL=<label>

The patch is available at http://www.csd.uu.se/~mikpe/linux/swap-label/

/Mikael
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