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Re: [PATCH] dd - support for reading of full blocks

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: [PATCH] dd - support for reading of full blocks
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:43:31 +0100
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Pádraig Brady wrote:
> Kamil Dudka wrote:
>> Hello,
>> as solution to rhbz #431997 and #449263 I propose patch for dd - support for 
>> reading of full blocks. This support is activated with dd parameter 
>> conv=fullblk. This patch has no effect if parameter conv=fullblk is omitted.
> This feature makes a lot of sense.
> I'm not sure I like the conv=fullblk syntax though.
> Here are alternatives in my order of preference:
> iflag=block
> conv=fill
> conv=fillblock
> conv=fullblock

or conv=wait, though I do have a strong preference
for iflag=block as it's the most accurate.

Also would there be any possibility of making this the default?
I suppose this could break scripts that depend on short reads
from non files. Without backwards compatibility issues I would
definitely have this as the default mode of operation.


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