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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/8] Nvram-to-pstore
On Wednesday 05 June 2013 03:13 PM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2013-06-05 at 14:30 +0530, Aruna Balakrishnaiah wrote:
>> Hi Ben,
>>
>> On Saturday 01 June 2013 10:55 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>>> Another question...
>>>
>>> Should the core pstore fail to unlink partitions that don't have
>>> an ->erase callback ? IE. Why would you let anyone erase the OFW
>>> common partition for example ? That means that userspace tools
>>> can no longer manipulate it but we certainly don't want to remove
>>> it from the nvram itself.
>> Since I do not have a callback for erase in nvram, pstore
>> simply unlinks the file and will not delete the partition.
> Right. My point is that it should probably refuse to unlink the file
> too. What's the point in letting the user remove the file, potentially
> making tools not working anymore, without any way to bring it back other
> than a reboot ?
>
> unlink makes sense if it also removes the partition. If it doesn't it
> should just fail.

Right, makes sense. Will create a patch to fix it in pstore.

>>> That leads to a deeper concern. Looking at how efi-pstore works,
>>> it looks like they create a file for each var.
>>>
>>> This looks like something valuable we could do for something like
>>> the common partition since typically it's made of name,value pairs.
>>>
>>> However, pstore is a flat space, while we have patitions which
>>> themselves can be organized in name,value pairs (some at least)
>>>
>>> I wonder if it's time to introduce pstore directories... Or do
>>> we stick to our special tools to interpret/change the name,value
>>> pairs ?
>> Since pstore infrastructure creates the file in read-only mode
>> creating files for name, value pairs will not be useful to us.
>> So for now, we need to stick to our tools to interpret/change
>> the name,value pairs.
>>
>> And also, pstore filenames are controlled by pstore infrastructure
>> so that would need quite some changes in the pstore infrastructure.
>>
>> I think for now it would be better to dump the contents of common
>> partition as it is.
> Ok.
>
>>> Also do we want to add an ability to resize partitions ? Possibly
>>> based on how much is written to them ?
>> Yes it will be good to that.
>>
>> If your fine with patchset apart from the filenames of-config and common
>> partitions. I will post the next version of it with powerpc prefix.
> Yes, I'm ok with it.
>
> Cheers,
> Ben.
>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Ben.
>>>
>>>
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