|| ||Denis Karpov <email@example.com> |
|| ||firstname.lastname@example.org |
|| ||[PATCH 0/5] FAT errors, user space notifications |
|| ||Mon, 1 Jun 2009 17:28:09 +0300|
|| ||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
|| ||Article, Thread
here's a series of patches that implement:
1. Options for FAT file system behavior on errors (continue, panic,
Current FAT behavior is to remount itself read-only on critical errors.
Quite often this causes more harm to user space applications than if the
error would be ignored - file system suddenly becoming r/o leads to all
kind of surprises from applications (yes, I know applications should be
written properly, this is not always the case).
'errors' mount option (equivalent to the one in
ext2 fs) offers possibility for user space to specify the desired behavior.
Default behavior is still as it was: remount read-only.
2. Generic mechanism for notifications of user space about file system's
errors/inconsistency on a particular partition using:
- sysfs entry /sys/block/<bdev>/<part>/fs_unclean
- uevent KOBJ_CHANGE, uevent's environment variable FS_UNCLEAN=[0:1]
User space might want to monitor these notifications (poll2() on sysfs
file or udevd's rule for uevent) and fix the fs damage.
File system can be marked clean again by writing '0' to the corresponding
'fs_unclean' sysfs file.
Reason for this feature: doing full scale fsck on a file system
at mounting time (especially residing on a slow and error prone media
such as flash) takes long. Full fsck results e.g. in slow boot times.
Alternative approach is to run limited fsck (or none at all) at
mounting/boot time. At run-rime if an fs error is encountered, notify
the user space and expect it to fix the file system.
3. Make FAT and EXT2 file systems use the above mechanism to optionally
notify user space about errors. Implemented as 'notify' mount option.
FAT error reporting facilities had to be re-factored in order to
simplify sending error notifications.
Adrian Hunter and Artem Bityutskiy provided input and ideas on implementing
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