Re: [PATCH] nvmet: preserve controller serial number between reboots

From: Johannes Thumshirn
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 - 08:52:28 EST

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 03:30:39PM +0300, Sagi Grimberg wrote:
> It seems weird that a subsystem has a serial.

The subsystem is more of a hack I admit. But we don't maintain
configurations for controllers in configfs, do we?

> I'm not sure that a dynamic controller should maintain
> a serial. Dynamic controllers by definition are allocated
> on demand with no state of prior associations. But not sure
> if a serial is a state (it probably isn't). The area is a little
> fuzzy for me.

I'm not certain as well, the only thing I know for sure currently is,
it changes but we use in the standard 60-persistent-storage.rules [1]
as a part of /dev/disk/by-id/nvme-$model-$serial-part%n [2] and I have a bit
of a headace when users use it to identify their partitions in say /etc/fstab
and the link changes as the target generated serial changes.

Maybe we should consider this more as an RFD than a patch.

I'm happy to withdraw if we find a better solution.


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