nbdkit-checkwrite-filter - Man Page

check writes match contents of plugin

Synopsis

 nbdkit --filter=checkwrite PLUGIN

Description

nbdkit-checkwrite-filter is an nbdkit filter that turns write operations into checks that what is written matches the existing content of the plugin.  If the content matches then the write operation succeeds (doing nothing).  If not then the write operation fails returning EIO Input/output error.

The purpose of this filter is to test copying tools as described below.

The underlying plugin is opened read-only and is never written to. All write-like operations are covered by this filter, such as trimming and zeroing.  This filter tests the logical equivalence of the writes, ignoring differences in sparseness.

Using this filter to test copying tools

You can check that a copying tool is copying data correctly by creating an nbdkit instance containing some test data, overlaying this filter, and copying from and to nbdkit at the same time:

 nbdkit -U - --filter=checkwrite data "@32768 1" \
        --run 'nbdcopy "$uri" "$uri"'

 nbdkit -U - --filter=checkwrite file disk.img \
        --run 'nbdcopy "$uri" "$uri"'

If the copying program is buggy then you will see EIO errors and (if the copying program also handles errors correctly) it should exit with an error.

Other plugins for testing NBD tools

If you are doing this kind of testing you will also want to look at nbdkit-random-plugin(1) and nbdkit-sparse-random-plugin(1). These plugins already have this behaviour built in to them (because it is more efficient to build it into the plugin) — you do not need to use this filter with those plugins.  This filter is useful for testing with arbitrary plugins.

Parameters

There are no parameters specific to this filter.  Parameters are passed through to the underlying plugin.

Files

$filterdir/nbdkit-checkwrite-filter.so

The filter.

Use nbdkit --dump-config to find the location of $filterdir.

Version

nbdkit-checkwrite-filter first appeared in nbdkit 1.24.

See Also

nbdkit(1), nbdkit-random-plugin(1), nbdkit-sparse-random-plugin(1), nbdkit-filter(3), nbdkit-plugin(3), nbdcopy(1).

Authors

Richard W.M. Jones

License

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY RED HAT AND CONTRIBUTORS ''AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL RED HAT OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Referenced By

nbdkit(1), nbdkit-filter(3), nbdkit-random-plugin(1), nbdkit-release-notes-1.24(1), nbdkit-release-notes-1.26(1), nbdkit-sparse-random-plugin(1).

2021-11-25 nbdkit-1.29.7