Re: [PATCH] sr: Ensure disk is revalidated when media changes

From: Stefan Hajnoczi
Date: Fri Apr 08 2011 - 12:43:24 EST

On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM, Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> On Fri, Apr 08, 2011 at 12:37:56PM +0100, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
>> There is a related issue I have been discussing with Amit:
>> On media change the inode size is not updated by the sr driver or the
>> universal cdrom driver.  A userspace process that holds a /dev/sr0
>> file descriptor open across media change causes all processes on the
>> system to see the old medium size when they do lseek(fd, 0, SEEK_END).
>> I think it would make sense to refresh the inode size on media change
>> so that even open file descriptors see the new size and a single
>> process cannot force a stale value for all other userspace processes
>> on the system.
> Hmmm... I don't know.  Maybe we can but I'm not sure whether there's a
> good reason for it.  cdrom is locked while opened after all.  Are
> there actual problems?

Yeah, sorry I didn't explain what the use case was. With QEMU you can
pass through the physical CD-ROM into the virtual machine.

QEMU opens /dev/cdrom with O_NONBLOCK | O_RDONLY. The guest can test
if the medium is present and QEMU will do ioctl(fd,
CDROM_DRIVE_STATUS, CDSL_CURRENT). The guest can also lock the tray
and eject, again using the respective ioctls. Read operations are
serviced by performing a read on the file descriptor in QEMU. And
finally the medium size is queried by QEMU using lseek(fd, 0,

Today QEMU cannot keep /dev/cdrom open across media change because it
will have an outdated inode size returned from lseek(fd, 0, SEEK_END).
But if the cdrom driver (or sr) refresh the inode size on media
change then there is no need to work around this from userspace.

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