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Re: usb flash drive removal (Re: Desktop NetBSD needs your help)
On Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 09:04:55PM +0000, Michael van Elst wrote:
> lacombar%gmail.com@localhost (Arnaud Lacombe) writes:
> >> No, you're wrong. You CAN ensure, with a reasonably high degree of
> >> certainty,
> >> that the device is the same as the old one.
> >Sorry to say that, but if it's not 100% of certainty you won't go far.
> It actually works fine on those systems that use this method.
> >in the mean time, I took a picture with my camera/got a phone call,
> >the file-system on the device changed, you replug-it, things are not
> >as they used to be... and boom!
> And boom, suddenly there is new or changed data in the filesystem.
> Just like it could happen on a network filesystem.
Boom, the problem is unexpected metadata. Any disk file system
goes south lightspeed if there isn't a match between on-media and
in-memory metadata. Network fail systems aren't a valid comparison,
since their protocols are at a completely different logical level
than on-disk file systems.
Generally speaking, I would consider it extremely unwise to add
code to attempt to recover a mount for a device which was forcibly
And of course you never want to mount untrusted file systems using
a kernel file server, but everyone knows that by now.
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