nbd_set_strict_mode - Man Page

control how strictly to follow NBD protocol


 #include <libnbd.h>

 int nbd_set_strict_mode (struct nbd_handle *h,
                          uint32_t flags);


By default, libnbd tries to detect requests that would trigger undefined behavior in the NBD protocol, and rejects them client side without causing any network traffic, rather than risking undefined server behavior.  However, for integration testing, it can be handy to relax the strictness of libnbd, to coerce it into sending such requests over the network for testing the robustness of the server in dealing with such traffic.

The flags argument is a bitmask, including zero or more of the following strictness flags:


If set, this flag rejects client requests that do not comply with the set of advertised server flags (for example, attempting a write on a read-only server, or attempting to use LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_FUA when nbd_can_fua(3) returned false).  If clear, this flag relies on the server to reject unexpected commands.


If set, this flag rejects client requests that attempt to set a command flag not recognized by libnbd (those outside of LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_MASK), or a flag not normally associated with a command (such as using LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_FUA on a read command). If clear, all flags are sent on to the server, even if sending such a flag may cause the server to change its reply in a manner that confuses libnbd, perhaps causing deadlock or ending the connection.

Flags that are known by libnbd as associated with a given command (such as LIBNBD_CMD_FLAG_DF for nbd_pread_structured(3) gated by nbd_can_df(3)) are controlled by LIBNBD_STRICT_COMMANDS instead.

Note that the NBD protocol only supports 16 bits of command flags, even though the libnbd API uses uint32_t; bits outside of the range permitted by the protocol are always a client-side error.


If set, this flag rejects client requests that would exceed the export bounds without sending any traffic to the server.  If clear, this flag relies on the server to detect out-of-bounds requests.


If set, this flag rejects client requests with length 0.  If clear, this permits zero-length requests to the server, which may produce undefined results.


If set, and the server provided minimum block sizes (see nbd_get_block_size(3), this flag rejects client requests that do not have length and offset aligned to the server's minimum requirements.  If clear, unaligned requests are sent to the server, where it is up to the server whether to honor or reject the request.

For convenience, the constant LIBNBD_STRICT_MASK is available to describe all strictness flags supported by this build of libnbd. Future versions of libnbd may add further flags, which are likely to be enabled by default for additional client-side filtering.  As such, when attempting to relax only one specific bit while keeping remaining checks at the client side, it is wiser to first call nbd_get_strict_mode(3) and modify that value, rather than blindly setting a constant value.

Return Value

If the call is successful the function returns 0.


On error -1 is returned.

Refer to “ERROR HANDLING” in libnbd(3) for how to get further details of the error.


This function first appeared in libnbd 1.6.

If you need to test if this function is available at compile time check if the following macro is defined:


See Also

nbd_can_df(3), nbd_can_fua(3), nbd_create(3), nbd_get_block_size(3), nbd_get_strict_mode(3), nbd_pread_structured(3), nbd_set_handshake_flags(3), libnbd(3).


Eric Blake

Richard W.M. Jones


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Referenced By

libnbd(3), NBD(3), nbd_aio_block_status(3), nbd_aio_cache(3), nbd_aio_flush(3), nbd_aio_pread(3), nbd_aio_pread_structured(3), nbd_aio_pwrite(3), nbd_aio_trim(3), nbd_aio_zero(3), nbd_block_status(3), nbd_cache(3), nbd_flush(3), nbd_get_block_size(3), nbd_get_handshake_flags(3), nbd_get_strict_mode(3), nbd_pread(3), nbd_pread_structured(3), nbd_pwrite(3), nbd_set_request_structured_replies(3), nbd_trim(3), nbd_zero(3).

2020-11-12 libnbd-1.5.6