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From: Mark Lord <>
Subject: Re: PROBLEM: ioctl (HDIO_GETGEO) on partition
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 09:43:25 -0400	[thread overview]
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Mark Lord wrote:
> wrote:
>>   if ((sts = ioctl(fd, HDIO_GETGEO, &hd_geometry_rec)) < 0) ------->
>> ioctl((HDIO_GETGEO)  is failing for device partition (/dev/emcpowerg1)
>>     {
>>       close(fd);
>>       return OS_SYSTEM_CALL_FAILED;
>>     }

And while we're at it, that code above REALLY wants
a perror(p_ppdevname) call just before the close(fd) line.
That way, when it fails, you'll find out *why* it fails,
making bugs like this much easier to figure out.

> The code should try HDIO_GETGEO_BIG before falling back to HDIO_GETGEO.
> But neither will work for LARGE drives (>= 2TB) on 32-bit systems,
> so the code really should try sysfs for this info before using the ioctls.
> Sample code to do this correctly is in the geom.c file of recent hdparm
> source code packages from sourceforge.

      reply	other threads:[~2008-11-01 13:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-10-30 10:02 Sarangi_Santosh
2008-11-01 13:40 ` Mark Lord
2008-11-01 13:43   ` Mark Lord [this message]

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