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SubjectRe: scsi_id: sending ioctl 2285 to a partition
On 02/09/2012 10:00 PM, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 09, 2012 at 12:42:00PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM, Matthew Wilcox<> wrote:
>>> Commit 0bfc96cb77 adds this printk that triggers tens of thousands of
>>> times during a run of "a well-known database benchmark". 0x2285 is SG_IO.
>>> I'm not sure why scsi_id feels that it needs to repeatedly send a SCSI
>>> INQUIRY to a partition, but there we are.
>> So is it doing this as root (in which case we end up allowing it) or
>> as a normal user (in which case we end up disallowing it)?
> I'm pretty sure it's doing it as root ... it'll be run by udev, after all.

What does the rule look like? Here it is like this:

# scsi devices
KERNEL=="sd*[!0-9]|sr*", ENV{ID_SERIAL}!="?*",
IMPORT{program}="scsi_id --export --whitelisted -d $tempnode",

which should exclude partitions, and indeed I don't see any such
message. I also have this rule:

# for partitions import parent information
ENV{DEVTYPE}=="partition", IMPORT{parent}="ID_*"

which makes it clear that udev does not need to send INQUIRY to the

>> And does it all work well apart from the printk? Because the printk
>> itself is scheduled to be removed, it's only there to hear about users
>> that may be doing crazy things that got disallowed by the patches in
>> question?
> If it is being run as root, then the printk is pointless, right?

At the time the printk is removed, access also will be disallowed to root.


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