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Date:	Mon, 9 Nov 2009 20:58:32 +0100
From:	"Andries E. Brouwer" <>
To:	Karel Zak <>
Cc:	Andries Brouwer <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Jens Axboe <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] partitions: use sector size for EFI GPT

On Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 02:08:27PM +0100, Karel Zak wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 12:36:15PM +0200, Karel Zak wrote:
> > Currently, kernel uses strictly 512-byte sectors for EFI GPT parsing.
> > That's wrong.
>  Ping? Does anyone care about new disks with non-512byte sectors? 
>  (or fs/partitions is unmaintained area? ;-)

[as you must have noticed, I hardly do any kernel work any more;
probably there aren't many who know more about the ugly details
of DOS-type partition tables, but on the other hand nobody needs
such knowledge either]

>  The current kernel EFI GPT code in not compatible with the latest 
>  userspace and GPT partitions on disks with >512byte sectors will be 
>  *invisible* for Linux kernel.

Yes, I see that the current UEFI standard requires the use of the
disks block size. Roughly speaking I agree with your patch.

(Just read some current kernel code. The old hardsect_size stuff was
renamed to logical_block_size - funny, originally that was precisely
what hardsect was not.)

static size_t
read_lba(struct block_device *bdev, u64 lba, u8 * buffer, size_t count)
        size_t totalreadcount = 0;
	sector_t n = lba * (bdev_logical_block_size(bdev) / 512);

        if (!bdev || !buffer || lba > last_lba(bdev))
                return 0;

        while (count) {
                int copied = 512;
                Sector sect;
                unsigned char *data = read_dev_sector(bdev, n++, &sect);
                if (!data)
                if (copied > count)
                        copied = count;
                memcpy(buffer, data, copied);
                buffer += copied;
                totalreadcount +=copied;
                count -= copied;
        return totalreadcount;

Ugly - it looks as if you call read_dev_sector 8 times and each time
do a put_dev_sector afterwards to forget it again. Doesnt that mean
that in order to read a 4096-byte sector the kernel goes to the hardware
8 times?


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