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bug#21522: assertion metadata_length > 0 in add_logical_part_metadata fa

From: Phil Susi
Subject: bug#21522: assertion metadata_length > 0 in add_logical_part_metadata failed
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:10:13 -0400
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On 9/24/2015 1:45 PM, Brian C. Lane wrote:
> I've only seen 1 other bug like this in Fedora, and I basically told
> them they need to recreate their disk or use some other tool. I'm not
> sure we need to support such a corner case.

Given that it doesn't look like this will be easy to fix and how
exceedingly rare it is ( which is kind of surprising to be honest ), I'm
starting to agree.  On the other hand, we should at least throw a proper
error message that we don't like your goofy partition table rather than
crash with an assertion failure.

> The EBR code really needs more comments I think :) What's happening is
> it is rewriting the extended partition and each of the logical
> partitions in a loop. Note that below that code it calls itself
> passing in the new part. So it will run out to the last logical
> partition and then start writing tables, so you have to hold things
> upside down and backwards to understand it :)

Maybe I need to stand on my head? ;)

I see that it is iterating over all of the logical partitions using
recursion, and at each one, it fills out an EBR with the first slot
pointing to that logical partition, and the second slot should be
pointing to where the next partition's EBR will go... but that doesn't
look like what it is doing because where the next should go is not the
previous one's first sector.  Also when it calls itself, it should be
passing the sector number of the next EBR corresponding to the logical
partition that next stack frame will handle.  Yet instead it is passing
part->prev->geom.start, which is this partition's boot sector.

In other words, it is first called on partition 5, then it calls itself
on partition 6, but says to itself that the EBR for partition 6 is in
the first sector of partition 5.

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