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From: Wouter Verhelst <>
To: Josef Bacik <>
Cc: Roman Stratiienko <>,,,
	Aleksandr Bulyshchenko <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] nbd: add support for nbd as root device
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:23:54 +0200
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190614133802.vg3w3sxpid2fpbp4@MacBook-Pro-91.local>

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 09:38:04AM -0400, Josef Bacik wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:33:43PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 10:55:36AM -0400, Josef Bacik wrote:
> > > Also I mean that there are a bunch of different nbd servers out there.  We have
> > > our own here at Facebook, qemu has one, IIRC there's a ceph one.
> > 
> > I can't claim to know about the Facebook one of course, but the qemu one
> > uses the same handshake protocol as anyone else. The ceph ones that I've
> > seen do too (but there are various implementations of that, so...).
> > 
> Ah, for some reason I remembered Qemu's being distinctly different.
> I suppose if most of the main ones people use are using the same handshake
> protocol that makes it more compelling.  But there'd have to be a really good
> reason why a initramfs isn't viable, and so far I haven't heard a solid reason
> that's not an option other than "it's hard and we don't want to do it."

Oh, I agree with that. It's not hard at all; I'm aware of two
implementations of doing that (I've written an nbd initramfs hook for
Debian's initramfs infrastructure, and others have done it for dracut).
I'm assuming that buildroot will have an initramfs framework too (and if
it doesn't, then that probably just means someone should write it), and
then writing an nbd initramfs hook for that framework should be
reasonably easy.

Also, the proposed initramfs configuration protocol uses the same
"nbdroot" name as my Debian initramfs hooks, but in an incompatible way.
I'd really like to see that be done differently, before/if it's accepted
at all ;-)

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Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-06-12 16:31 [PATCH 1/2] nbd: make sock_xmit() and nbd_add_socket() more generic roman.stratiienko
2019-06-12 16:31 ` [PATCH 2/2] nbd: add support for nbd as root device roman.stratiienko
2019-06-13 12:56   ` Eric Blake
2019-06-13 13:02   ` Eric Blake
2019-06-13 13:14     ` Eric Blake
2019-06-13 13:52   ` Josef Bacik
2019-06-13 14:45     ` Roman Stratiienko
2019-06-13 14:55       ` Josef Bacik
2019-06-13 16:21         ` Roman Stratiienko
2019-06-13 16:54           ` Josef Bacik
2019-06-14 10:33         ` Wouter Verhelst
2019-06-14 13:38           ` Josef Bacik
2019-06-14 21:23             ` Wouter Verhelst [this message]
2019-06-13 15:14       ` Eric Blake
2019-06-13 16:05         ` Roman Stratiienko

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