Re: UDF alternate anchor block detection

From: NamJae Jeon
Date: Thu Oct 06 2011 - 19:08:58 EST

2011/10/7 Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxx>:
> ÂHello,
> On Fri 30-09-11 11:02:34, Ashish Sangwan wrote:
>> While mounting UDF media, when the primary AVDP is not found at block 256,
>> UDF code tries to read-in the alternate AVDP.
>> In the function udf_find_anchor, udf_scan_anchors is called 3 times, where
>> each call to udf_scan_anchors read 12 blocks.
>> In case there is no alternate AVDP stored, a total of 36 blocks are read
>> before mount fails - causing time delay for Mount Failure.
>> After first call to udf_scan_anchors and before the second call there is
>> varconv conversion, for the older drivers, which skips 7 blocks after every
>> 32 blocks. What are these older drivers? Do we still require this code?
> ÂFrankly, I don't know what are these older drives. The code has been like
> this when I started maintaining it and I didn't want to introduce
> regressions so I kept the varconv code in.
>> After varconv conversion, why is there a third call to udf_scan_anchors? In
>> the 1st call and 3rd call to udf_scan_anchors, exactly same blocks are read,
>> so this 3rd call seems to be redundant.
> ÂThis is not true - the second call uses
> udf_variable_to_fixed(sbi->s_last_block) as the last block on the media
> while the third call uses sbi->s_last_block as the last block on the media
> (both these scans are performed with varconv enabled). Again I have not
> seen a drive / medium where this would be needed but I believe original
> author had some reason to put the code in.
I agree. It would cause side-effect if old code is skipped without
knowing author's intent.
So It is correct to be kept this like now.
> I agree that the anchor searching code is a pain but that's how the
> standard is defined...
Actually, proper exception will be needed for metadata very slow loading disc.
I will share with you if there is good solution after considering.
>> I suggest this modified code for udf_find_anchor :-
>> lastblock =
>> udf_scan_anchors(sb,udf_variable_to_fixed(sbi->s_last_block),fileset);
>> Â Â Â Â if (lastblock)
>> Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â goto out;
>> Â Â Â Â Âelse {
>> Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â /* VARCONV didn't help. Clear it. */
>> Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â return 0;
>> Â Â Â Â }
>> Please give your opininon to these 2 above points. If the code change seems
>> relevant than I can make patch for it.
> Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ÂHonza
> --
> Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxx>
> SUSE Labs, CR
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