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SubjectRe: direct (unbufferd) disk access
"Stephen C. Tweedie" wrote:

> The current raw IO patches use a clean internal architecture to pass the
> user space IO to the block device layers, based on a design Linus and I
> sketched out.

Does this include character i/o for the floppy drive? It is common for
some other unixes (e.g. SCO) to use the character floppy device for
making multivolume tar archives. If you read the archive under Linux's
block device (and even using the multivolume flag to tar) it reads the
first diskette and stops. This can be a real show stopper when you are
trying to install foreign software to run under iBCS2, e.g.


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