title="Graceful USB disk detach/reattach"
[Matthias Drochner](mailto:drochner@NetBSD.org), [David Young](mailto:dyoung@NetBSD.org)
Make NetBSD behave gracefully when a "live" USB/FireWire disk drive is accidentally detached and re-attached by, for example, creating a virtual block device that receives block-read/write commands on behalf of the underlying disk driver. This device will delegate reads and writes to the disk driver, but it will keep a list of commands that are "outstanding," that is, reads that the disk driver has not completed, and writes that have not "hit the platter," so to speak. Following disk re-attachment, the virtual block device replays its list of outstanding commands. A correct solution will not replay commands to the wrong disk if the removable was replaced instead of re-attached. Provide a character device for userland to read indications that a disk in use was abruptly detached.
Open questions: Prior art? Isn't this how the Amiga worked? How will this interact with mount/unmount—is there a use-count on devices? Can you leverage "wedges" in your solution? Does any/most/all removable storage indicate reliably when a block written has actually reached the medium?
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