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Re: port-sparc64/56363: boot: Inode not directory

The following reply was made to PR port-sparc64/56363; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Brownlee <>
To: Martin Husemann <>
Subject: Re: port-sparc64/56363: boot: Inode not directory
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 15:16:04 +0100

 On Thu, 19 Aug 2021 at 14:56, Martin Husemann <> wrote:
 > On Thu, Aug 19, 2021 at 01:53:26PM +0100, David Brownlee wrote:
 > > Is there any way to ensure that the blocks loaded from /ofwboot are at
 > > the end of a partition for testing purposes? Maybe have a some code
 > > create repeated copies of ofwboot until it finds one with a block over
 > > a required limit, then remove the others and use that one?
 > I am not sure I understand your idea - I don't think there is any
 > non-destructive way to probe for this kind of limits.
 I was thinking of a brute force approach where it just kept creating
 copies (and using up disk space), until it found one where at least
 one block was above a specified limit (or potentially all blocks below
 a limit), at which point all files except that one could be deleted.
 The code to check which blocks are in use for each file should be
 already available in installboot :)
 It would not be intended for this to be default behaviour, but would
 probably make sense to build in
 - work in a temporary subdirectory so easier to cleanup
 - add optional max number of copies to try before aborting
 - add min free space in filesystem before aborting

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