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Re: Possible problems of /dev/discs/disc? name scheme

To: Giacomo Catenazzi <cate@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Possible problems of /dev/discs/disc? name scheme
From: Richard Gooch <rgooch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 11:12:03 -0600
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Giacomo Catenazzi writes:
> On Wed, 21 Jun 2000, Richard Gooch wrote:
> > Giacomo Catenazzi writes:
> > > Hi!
> > > 
> > > I've a IDE hard disk in /dev/discs/disc0 and when pluged also a IOMAGE
> > > external zip drive (Paralel port with SCSI drivers) in /dev/discs/disc1.
> > > 
> > > Problem:
> > > If I decide to  install a new IDE harddisk, all my configurations are
> > > wrong.
> > > I don't see in documentation how to force the new drive IDE to be disc2.
> > > 
> > > There are a simpler methods? How to handle this?
> > 
> > Use the names under /dev/ide, of course. And if they are too long, use
> > devfsd to access shorter names.
> > 
> Ok.
> But why do /dev/discs/* exist?

Because Linus wanted them for "simple" systems.

> IMHO people use (will use) /dev/discs to configure their box. Only
> after some time they upgrade the system, and the translation
> /dev/discs in /dev/{ide,scsi} will be difficult. It should be a
> method to force discs to be loaded in a user choice order

It's up to distribution vendors to decide what they want to encourage
(i.e. use as the default). If it turns out that /dev/discs/ turns out
to be of minor practical value, feel free to tell Linus he was wrong.


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