Bug 216664 - We need to re-introduce the raw script and configuration file (again)
We need to re-introduce the raw script and configuration file (again)
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: util-linux (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karel Zak
Ben Levenson
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Blocks: 222026 181640 197865
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Reported: 2006-11-21 09:17 EST by Jeff Moyer
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: RC
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Last Closed: 2007-02-07 19:42:46 EST
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udev rules file with examples (442 bytes, text/plain)
2006-11-21 14:14 EST, Bill Nottingham
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Description Jeff Moyer 2006-11-21 09:17:19 EST
Description of problem:
We decided to ship raw again in RHEL 5.  Util-linux is building the raw command,
but we need the init script support, too.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Comment 3 Jay Turner 2006-11-21 10:38:20 EST
QE ack for RHEL5.
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-21 11:14:46 EST
*Sigh*. I thought we were feature complete.

So, we can only remove deprecated code if we have three major releases of warning?

This should really be a udev rule.
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-21 11:44:35 EST
Do we need the *same* rawdevices interface, or will any interface to allow the
users to configure raw devices do?
Comment 6 Jeff Moyer 2006-11-21 11:57:35 EST
I'll leave that call up to you.  If the process for setting up raw devices
changes, then we should add a release note to that effect.
Comment 7 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-21 14:14:14 EST
Created attachment 141810 [details]
udev rules file with examples

Here's what I think we should add - this is a commented, empty, udev rules file
with examples of how to write udev rules (so we don't need to add any
additional infrastructure.) Where this file would go is up for debate - it
could be in util-linux, or it could be in udev itself.

A release note would be something like the following:


The deprecated interface for raw devices has changed in Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 5. It is now configured via udev rules.

To add a mapping for a raw device, add entries to
/etc/udev/rules.d/60-raw.rules in the following formats:

For device names:

ACTION=="add", KERNEL="<device name>", RUN+="raw /dev/raw/rawX %N"

For major/minor numbers:

ACTION=="add", ENV{MAJOR}="A", ENV{MINOR}="B", RUN+="raw /dev/raw/rawX %M %m"

where <device name> is the name of the device you'd like to bind(such as
/dev/sda1), A and B are the major/minor number of the device you'd like to
bind, and X is the raw device number you'd like to use.

If you have a large pre-existing /etc/sysconfig/rawdevices file, you can
convert it with the following script:


grep -v "^ *#" /etc/sysconfig/rawdevices | grep -v "^$" | while read dev major
minor ; do
	if [ -z "$minor" ]; then
		echo "ACTION==\"add\", KERNEL==\"${major##/dev/}\",
RUN+=\"/usr/bin/raw $dev %N\""
		echo "ACTION==\"add\", ENV{MAJOR}==\"$major\",
ENV{MINOR}==\"$minor\", RUN+=\"/usr/bin/raw $dev %M %m\""


Comment 8 Jeff Moyer 2006-11-21 14:20:07 EST
So long as this works, it's fine with me.  I think the right place for this is
in util-linux.  I'm a big fan of keeping related components together (it would
have prevented this from slipping through the cracks).

Thanks, Bill.
Comment 9 Karel Zak 2006-11-21 15:49:28 EST
Samson, please add Bill's comment #7 to release notes.

Comment 10 Karel Zak 2006-11-21 15:52:00 EST
I'll include the rule to util-linux.
Comment 11 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-21 15:59:29 EST
Note that the shell script in the relnote comment is horribly word-wrapped - if
you include that, that needs fixed.
Comment 13 Karel Zak 2006-11-21 19:13:32 EST
Fixed in util-linux-2.13-0.43.1.el5.
Comment 16 Bill Nottingham 2006-12-05 16:00:09 EST
Potentially silly question - what happens if you change the rules file to call
'/bin/raw' instead of just 'raw'?
Comment 17 Karel Zak 2006-12-05 17:32:17 EST
Michael, try it manually and check if the raw command really works. For example:

 /bin/raw /dev/raw/raw1 8 17

Comment 19 Afom T. Michael 2006-12-05 17:55:35 EST
Not silly at all. That did that job. So, I guess you'll need to modify the rule.
Per your suggestion, I edited the rule to the one below and it worked for me (it
also works when device names are used instead of major/minor numbers.

ACTION=="add", ENV{MAJOR}=="8", ENV{MINOR}=="17", RUN+="/bin/raw /dev/raw/raw1
%M %m"
ACTION=="add", ENV{MAJOR}=="8", ENV{MINOR}=="18", RUN+="/bin/raw /dev/raw/raw2
%M %m"
ACTION=="add", ENV{MAJOR}=="8", ENV{MINOR}=="19", RUN+="/bin/raw /dev/raw/raw3
%M %m"
Comment 20 Karel Zak 2006-12-05 18:16:27 EST
OK. Thanks. The rule has been modified in util-linux-2.13-0.43-2.el5 (and brew
is playing his game with it now).
Comment 26 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-02-07 19:42:46 EST
A package has been built which should help the problem described in 
this bug report. This report is therefore being closed with a resolution 
of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the solution does 
not work for you.

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