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Subject[RFC PATCH] loop: LOOP_CONFIGURE: send uevents for partitions
LOOP_CONFIGURE is, as I understand it, supposed to be a way to combine
LOOP_SET_FD and LOOP_SET_STATUS64 into a single syscall. When using
LOOP_SET_FD+LOOP_SET_STATUS64, a single uevent would be sent for each
partition found on the loop device during LOOP_SET_STATUS64, but when
using LOOP_CONFIGURE, no such uevent was being sent.

In the old setup, uevents are disabled for LOOP_SET_FD, but not for
LOOP_SET_STATUS64. This makes sense, as it prevents uevents being
sent for a partially configured device during LOOP_SET_FD — they're
only sent at the end of LOOP_SET_STATUS64. But for LOOP_CONFIGURE,
uevents were disabled for the entire operation, so that final
notification was never issued. To fix this, I've moved the
loop_reread_partitions() call, which causes the uevents to be issued,
to after uevents are re-enabled, matching the behaviour of the

I noticed this because Busybox's losetup program recently changed from
my setup, for which I want a notification from the kernel any time a
new partition becomes available.

Signed-off-by: Alyssa Ross <>
Fixes: 3448914e8cc5 ("loop: Add LOOP_CONFIGURE ioctl")

I've marked this as an RFC because there's still a problem with this
patch that I'd be grateful for advice on how to solve: this change
accidentally makes LOOP_SET_FD emit uevents as well if max_part is
configured. There are a few ways I could imagine resolving this:

- Have loop_configure distinguish between LOOP_SET_FD and

- Have loop_configure take a bool argument specifying whether uevents
should be reenabled before or after the loop_reread_partitions()

- Move re-enabling the uevent and calling loop_reread_partitions()
out of loop_configure().

All of these have drawbacks for the understandability of the code
though, so I wanted to ask what the best way to proceed would be.

drivers/block/loop.c | 13 +++++++++----
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/block/loop.c b/drivers/block/loop.c
index 5f04235e4ff7..d8063dbf5ec1 100644
--- a/drivers/block/loop.c
+++ b/drivers/block/loop.c
@@ -1110,15 +1110,19 @@ static int loop_configure(struct loop_device *lo, fmode_t mode,
clear_bit(GD_SUPPRESS_PART_SCAN, &lo->lo_disk->state);

loop_global_unlock(lo, is_loop);
- if (partscan)
- loop_reread_partitions(lo);
if (!(mode & FMODE_EXCL))
bd_abort_claiming(bdev, loop_configure);

+ /*
+ * Now that we are done, reread the partitions with uevent
+ * re-enabled to let userspace know about the changes.
+ */
+ dev_set_uevent_suppress(disk_to_dev(lo->lo_disk), 0);
+ if (partscan)
+ loop_reread_partitions(lo);
error = 0;
- /* enable and uncork uevent now that we are done */
- dev_set_uevent_suppress(disk_to_dev(lo->lo_disk), 0);
return error;

@@ -1130,6 +1134,7 @@ static int loop_configure(struct loop_device *lo, fmode_t mode,
/* This is safe: open() is still holding a reference. */
+ dev_set_uevent_suppress(disk_to_dev(lo->lo_disk), 0);
goto done;

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