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SubjectRe: Getting FS access events
At 08:13 15/05/01, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>On Tue, 15 May 2001, Richard Gooch wrote:
> > So what happens if I dd from the block device and also from a file on
> > the mounted FS, where that file overlaps the bnums I dd'ed? Do we get
> > two copies in the page cache? One for the block device access, and one
> > for the file access?
>
>Yup. And never the two shall meet.
>
>Why should they? Why would you ever do something like that, or care about
>the fact?

They shouldn't, but maybe some stupid utility or a typo will do it creating
two incoherent copies of the same block on the device. -> Bad Things can
happen.

Can't we simply stop people from doing it by say having mount lock the
device from further opens (and vice versa of course, doing a "dd" should
result in lock of device preventing a mount during the duration of "dd"). -
Wouldn't this be a good thing, guaranteeing that problems cannot happen
while not incurring any overhead except on device open/close? Or is this a
matter of "give the user enough rope"? - If proper rw locking is
implemented it could allow simultaneous -o ro mount with a dd from the
device but do exclusive write locking, for example, for maximum flexibility.

Just my 2p.

Anton


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