[PATCH 3/3] block: efi: allow disabling /dev/usbdiskX renaming

Ahmad Fatoum a.fatoum at pengutronix.de
Thu Jun 30 05:40:35 PDT 2022

Some buggy UEFI implementations have been observed to not set
EFI_USB_IO protocol on handles that were instantiated from
USB mass storage. This leads to confusing behavior when barebox
uses /dev/usbdisk for some USB sticks and doesn't for some others.

The proper behavior is not relying on the UEFI and instead check
e.g. GUID of the boot disk image:

  if [ "$bootsource" = usb ]; then
    mydisk = /dev/usbdisk${bootsource_instance}
    mydisk = /dev/disk${bootsource_instance}

  devlookup -v bootdiskguid $mydisk guid
  if [ "$bootdiskguid" = "my-guid" ]; then
    boot ${mydisk}.1
    boot boochooser

When going that way, the renaming to usbdisk is just annoying,
so allow disabling it to simplify scripting.

Signed-off-by: Ahmad Fatoum <a.fatoum at pengutronix.de>
 drivers/block/Kconfig        | 21 +++++++++++++++++++++
 drivers/block/Makefile       |  2 +-
 drivers/block/efi-block-io.c |  3 ++-
 3 files changed, 24 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/block/Kconfig b/drivers/block/Kconfig
index 68a11438dcf3..625e81a4ec97 100644
--- a/drivers/block/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/block/Kconfig
@@ -5,3 +5,24 @@ config VIRTIO_BLK
           This is the virtual block driver for virtio.  It can be used with
           QEMU based VMMs (like KVM or Xen).
+config EFI_BLK
+	bool "EFI block I/O driver"
+	default y
+	depends on EFI_BOOTUP
+	bool "rename USB devices to /dev/usbdiskX"
+	default y
+	depends on EFI_BLK
+	help
+	  EFI block devices will be normally called /dev/diskX. Setting this
+	  option will cause block devices instantiated from handles with a
+	  EFI_USB_IO protocol to be called /dev/usbdiskX instead. Note that
+	  some buggy UEFI implementations have been observed to not do this
+	  consistently for all USB mass storage. If you need to absolutely
+	  be sure your boot device is a USB mass storage device and you can't
+	  fix your UEFI, consider disabling this options and setting a GUID
+	  for your disk and checking against it with
+	    devlookup -v $bootguid /dev/disk$bootsource_instance guid
diff --git a/drivers/block/Makefile b/drivers/block/Makefile
index c50bdc1d02bd..a4e14a559cf7 100644
--- a/drivers/block/Makefile
+++ b/drivers/block/Makefile
@@ -1,3 +1,3 @@
 # SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0-only
-obj-$(CONFIG_EFI_BOOTUP) += efi-block-io.o
+obj-$(CONFIG_EFI_BLK) += efi-block-io.o
 obj-$(CONFIG_VIRTIO_BLK) += virtio_blk.o
diff --git a/drivers/block/efi-block-io.c b/drivers/block/efi-block-io.c
index 086afb378ab4..120e4d8f1ad2 100644
--- a/drivers/block/efi-block-io.c
+++ b/drivers/block/efi-block-io.c
@@ -140,7 +140,8 @@ static void efi_bio_print_info(struct device_d *dev)
 static bool is_bio_usbdev(struct efi_device *efidev)
-	return efi_device_has_guid(efidev, EFI_USB_IO_PROTOCOL_GUID);
+		efi_device_has_guid(efidev, EFI_USB_IO_PROTOCOL_GUID);
 static int efi_bio_probe(struct efi_device *efidev)

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