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Old 01-08-2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question Drive volume serial number: any similar concept in Linux?


Hallo experts,

i am a newbie in Linux. As far as i know, in Windows each drive (i mean, a logical partition, not physical hard disk) is assigned an unique serial number, named 'volume number or volume ID', when it is formatted. So i wonder if there is any similar concept in Linux?

If so, how can i program to get the volume number of the current working logical partition in Linux (if exists) using C++?

Thanks in advance!

Best regards,

.viettrung.

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Old 01-08-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
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I think you're thinking of the device node name? (Like /dev/sda, IIRC for Linux; in BSD they are things like sd0a and wd1b because they have a different partitioning / slicing method than Linux & Windows.)

I'm not sure, but I would think the answer would be no, because the filesystem abstracts this information away (since disks can be mounted at any point). Theoretically you could check the active mount table with the current working directory, but the notion of a union filesystem would make this method kind of useless.

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Old 01-09-2007, 02:20 AM   #3
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I think he means the disk LABEL which is file system dependent. ext2 and maybe others linux file systems have it. 'tune2fs' can be used(for ext2-3) to set the label or it can be set during creation.
 
Old 01-09-2007, 04:48 AM   #4
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Hi, be welcome.
I can be wrong at this, but I believe he/she means exactly what it says there, "logical partition [...] unique serial number", that will be the Universally Unique Identifier (UUID).
An UUID (128 bits) into /etc/fstab looks like this:
Code:
# /dev/hdb10
UUID=2c619834-f4fe-4038-bc5a-f1a0c9c80178 /usr/local reiserfs defaults 0 2
You can see all your partitions UUID's at /dev/disk/by-uuid

I _suck_ at programming, so excuse that, but perhaps this tiny code might help you to understand how to copy the UUID from a source to a destination, using the uuid library:
Code:
#include <uuid/uuid.h>
void uuid_copy(uuid_t destination, uuid_t source);
Please everyone excuse that if it doesn't help.
 
Old 01-09-2007, 11:44 AM   #5
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Hi experts,

Thanks for all your suggestions. I'm sorry for replying late.

It seems to me that the concept of Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) that 'runnerfrog' suggested is quite close to what i need to know. I have tried to google this concept to get deeper understanding. Thanks!

If you have any more suggestions or explaination, please let me know. Thanks so much for your time.

Best regards,

.viettrung.
 
Old 01-09-2007, 12:38 PM   #6
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If its for protection of contents or security measure or whatever copyright thinggy, you have to know that its easy to bypass.
 
Old 01-09-2007, 02:15 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for your advice, nx5000. I will consider about that.

I have tried to google what UUID is, and know that UUID for disk partition in Linux is just one use of UUID. So I think the library <uuid/uuid.h> may be not particularly used for getting UUID of a disk partition. Now I try to find out the way to get the UUID of current working partition in Linux using C++. I have tried hard with Google, but so far I get no suitable result. Can anybody help?

Thanks in advance.

.viettrung.
 
Old 01-11-2007, 02:37 AM   #8
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The command 'blkid' will return the UUID label.
 
Old 01-12-2007, 08:54 AM   #9
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Hi gnashley,

Thank you very much for your suggestion. Actually i also got the same idea from my friend just few minutes before i've read your reply. Thank you!

By the way, i have found a reference of using library libblkid (#include "libblkid/libblkid.h") to get the uuid of a existing partition in Linux: http://thunk.org/hg/e2fsprogs/?f=292...c/libblkid.txt.

i hope it may be helpful for someone who deals with the same matter.

Thank experts for helps so far!

.viettrung.
 
  


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