Problem: During The Linux Boot, I want to know a certain instance of time, when all the block devices have been enumerated. I assume the block devices are NOT coming via a network( like iscsi), but come via FC, and could even be "multipath devices".

What I know:

If write a some script and set it up like

kernel.hotplug=MyScript and place it at /etc/sysconfig/MyScript.modules (notice the .modules extension).

I will get the devpath names of the devices being enumerated.

But this approach is not efficient.

Example : I want to act on the block devices have a different type of signature.

But, MyScript will get called all the times whenever any block device will be added to the system ( specifically whenever any kobject will be created/removed).

What I want do is:

Another instance in the boot sequence when I know that all the block devices attached are available, so that I can just find the block devices I like and do something I want with them.

Also, Notice that, I cannot wait till the xyz.service are enabled, which is quite late in the boot sequence.

Edit : Assume no systemd. Linux uses the old(init) way of booting.

1 Answer 1

$ systemctl status systemd-udev-settle
● systemd-udev-settle.service - udev Wait for Complete Device Initialization
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-udev-settle.service; static; vendor preset: disabled)

$ systemctl --reverse list-dependencies systemd-udev-settle.service
● └─dmraid-activation.service

$ systemctl cat dmraid-activation.service
# /usr/lib/systemd/system/dmraid-activation.service
Description=Activation of DM RAID sets
Before=lvm2-activation-early.service cryptsetup.target local-fs-pre.target shutdown.target

Try copying the relevant lines from dmraid-activation.service above. This includes DefaultDependencies=no, since you insist on being as early as possible. It is documented in man systemd.unit (refers to systemd.service. Also you should read man bootup.

  • I should have added, What if there is no systemd, the system has old way of(init) way of booting.
    – rrai
    Dec 10, 2016 at 12:51
  • you certainly should. then you get to write an init script with a header that indicates it's dependence on the udev-settle init script. This could potentially be forwards-compatible with systemd - provided the scripts being depended on all have service equivalents with the same (or aliased) names.
    – sourcejedi
    Dec 10, 2016 at 13:12
  • How do I do that?
    – rrai
    Dec 10, 2016 at 13:42
  • There is generic reference information at refspecs.linuxfoundation.org/LSB_3.1.0/LSB-Core-generic/…
    – sourcejedi
    Dec 10, 2016 at 14:12

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