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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] fs: Invalidate the cache for a parent block-device if fsync() is called for a partition
On Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:04:25 -0500
Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 10:58:24AM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > One concern I have with the proposal is that it would forever rule out
> > support of >16T devices on 32-bit machines.
> >
> > At present with 64-bit sector_t and 32-bit pgoff_t, I think we'd have a
> > reasonable chance of supporting, say, four 8T partitions on a 32T
> > device. But if we were to switch the kernel from using four 4T
> > address_spaces (sda1-4) over to using a single 32T address_space (sda)
> > then we can rule it all out.
>
> how do you plan to write the partition label in your hypothetic setup
> if you can't open the main device?
>
> And even if we solved that and people could create partitions on these
> devices but not open the main device, or use large lvm volumes it would
> be an absolutely major confusion.
>

I didn't say the kernel would support this as-is.

If the partitioning scheme requires writing to the individual
partitions then something would need to be done, such as a simple
offsetting DM driver.


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