Re: [PATCH v2 2/3] genhd, efi: add efi partition metadata to hd_structs

From: Will Drewry
Date: Wed Aug 04 2010 - 10:45:04 EST

On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 5:14 AM, Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:00, Karel Zak <kzak@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 at 09:04:42PM -0500, Will Drewry wrote:
>>> This change extends the partition_meta_info structure to
>>> support EFI GPT-specific metadata and ensures that data
>>> is copied in on partition scanning.
>> Why do want to store GPT-specific data (efi_guid_t) to
>> partition_meta_info? I think it would be better to use label and uuid
>> in a generic format (e.g. string or u8 uuid[16]) -- then you don't
>> have to use things like union, disklabel specific code to compare
>> uuids, etc.  IMHO your current code is too complicated.
> I don't mind having the raw data and the type accessible. It might be
> useful for something we don't know about and it basically comes for
> free.

I'll bump out the uuid at least, but it might be worth keeping an
extended meta info option. But it's a lot less work to ditch it, so
I'm happy enough either way.

> But the only thing we are really interested in is the UUID, which,
> like Tejun already suggested, we should probably store
> format-independent, and have it always accessible. That way, we would
> not need any type-specific parser, we just handle the normal DCE
> format.

I'll bump it out and make it the efi code generic-ify its uuid. Out
of curiousity, were you and Tejun thinking of keeping it as a 36 byte
string or as the 16 byte packed value. While less space efficient,
I'd prefer the u8[36] as it avoids dealing with versioning when
parsing the user-supplied string. Instead, each partition type can
properly unparse its uuids according to what they expect.

Seem reasonable?

> I don't think we should support any of the labels anyway in root= and
> similar, because they never really worked reliably with duplicates,
> and just ask for trouble.

Agreed. I don't think labels make sense, but we may later want to
support partition types (as I mention in my other mail).
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