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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.8 IDE 36
The common thing I use byteswap for is to mount my tivo (kernel 2.1.x)
drives on my PC (2.4/5.x). those drives are byteswapped throughout the
entire drive, including the partition table.

It sounds as if you are removing this capability, am I misunderstaning you
or is there some other way to do this? (and duplicating the drive to use
dd to byteswap is not practical for 100G+)

David Lang

On Tue, 16 Apr 2002, Martin Dalecki wrote:

> Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 16, 2002 at 09:05:21AM +0200, Martin Dalecki wrote:
> >
> >>Tue Apr 16 01:02:47 CEST 2002 ide-clean-36
> >>
> >>- Consolidate ide_choose_drive() and choose_drive() in to one function.
> >>
> >>- Remove sector data byteswpapping support. Byte-swapping the data is supported
> >> on the file-system level where applicable. Byte-swapped interfaces are
> >> supported on a lower level anyway. And finally it was used inconsistently.
> >
> >
> > Are you sure about this? I think file systems support LE/BE, but not
> > byteswapping because of IDE being LE on a BE system.
>
> I'm sure about this. For the following reasons:
>
> 1. The removed functionality affected only sector data transfers.
>
> 2. The following code for interfaces with byte swapped BUS setups
> still remains intact:
>
> #if defined(CONFIG_ATARI) || defined(CONFIG_Q40)
> if (MACH_IS_ATARI || MACH_IS_Q40) {
> /* Atari has a byte-swapped IDE interface */
> insw_swapw(IDE_DATA_REG, buffer, bytecount / 2);
> return;
> }
> #endif
>
> And indeed as you show - there was confusion about this issue
> throughout the whole driver, since the taskfile_in(out)
> functions where basically just the byteswapped variants and
> where not uses consistently.
>
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