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    SubjectRe: Migrating to larger numbers
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    > Guess what?  We *ALREADY* depend on these -- dev_t in libc6 is a
    > 64-bit number.

    And NFS is a 32bit dev_t encoding. so while we can go to 64bit, its
    simply digging large holes and jumping down them. Nobody currently needs
    more than a 32bit dev_t. 4096 different device types, some multiplexed
    each with a million minors ? I think we can scale past the IBM mainframes
    just fine in 32bits.

    64bits means we have to screw up the NFS client, we won't be able to do
    NFS root for all devices and worse.

    Alan


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