Re: Re-enabling non-GPL driver access to disk partition information

From: Al Viro
Date: Fri Jan 29 2010 - 09:47:40 EST

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 09:15:09AM -0500, Derek Atkins wrote:

> In particular, there is now no way for a proprietary driver to access
> the gendisk partition array, to enumerate the existing partitions, or to
> get information about existing partitions. All those interfaces are now
> GPL-Only, (whereas access to the structure members before were perfectly
> legal for non-GPL modules). But now the partition structure is sitting
> behind the GPL-Only RCU abstraction.

Why the hell does disk driver care about partitioning in the first place?
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