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SubjectRe: Getting FS access events
At 23:35 15/05/2001, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>"Albert D. Cahalan" wrote:
> > H. Peter Anvin writes:
> > > This would leave no way (without introducing new interfaces) to write,
> > > for example, the boot block on an ext2 filesystem. Note that the
> > > bootblock (defined as the first 1024 bytes) is not actually used by
> > > the filesystem, although depending on the block size it may share a
> > > block with the superblock (if blocksize > 1024).
> >
> > The lack of coherency would screw this up anyway, doesn't it?
> > You have a block device, soon to be in the page cache, and
> > a superblock, also soon to be in the page cache. LILO writes to
> > the block device, while the ext2 driver updates the superblock.
> > Whatever gets written out last wins, and the other is lost.
>
>Albert, I *did* say "this better work or we have a problem."

And how are you thinking of this working "without introducing new
interfaces" if the caches are indeed incoherent? Please correct me if I
understand wrong, but when two caches are incoherent, I thought it means
that the above _would_ screw up unless protected by exclusive write locking
as I suggested in my previous post with the side effect that you can't
write the boot block without unmounting the filesystem or modifying some
interface somewhere.

As not all filesystems are like ext2, perhaps it would be better to fix
ext2 and not the cache coherency? If ext2 is claiming ownership of a
device, then it should do so in its entirety IMHO. You could always extend
ext2 to use the NTFS approach where the bootsector is nothing more than a
file which happens to exist on sector(s) zero (and following) of the
device... (just a thought)

Best regards,

Anton


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Linux NTFS Maintainer / WWW: http://sourceforge.net/projects/linux-ntfs/
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