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xfstests: standard way of handling loop devices

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Subject: xfstests: standard way of handling loop devices
From: Tomas Racek <tracek@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 04:30:21 -0400 (EDT)
In-reply-to: <1664629800.716769.1344498186489.JavaMail.root@xxxxxxxxxx>

I am currently working on tests that check FITRIM implementation (251, 260 and 
one new I'm writing now) and I want to use loopback device as fallback if 
$SCRATCH_DEV doesn't support discard. Has anybody been working on some 
xfstests' standard way of creating/destroying loop devices?

I could do with something as simple as this (in common.rc):

        dev=`losetup -f`
        file="$TEST_DIR/$(basename $dev).fs"
        truncate -s $size $file || _fail "Cannot create image file $file"
        losetup $dev $file || _fail "Cannot associate $file with $dev"
        echo $dev

        umount $dev 2>&1
        file=`losetup -a | grep $dev | sed -n "s/.*(\(.*\))$/\1/p"`
        losetup -d $dev && rm -f $file || _fail "Cannot destroy loop device"

Do you think it's sufficient or do you have different opinion on handling this?

Thanks for comments!


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