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SubjectRe: Restoring HDIO_GETGEO semantics for 2.6 (was: Re: [RFC] Restoring HDIO_GETGEO semantics)
On Monday 05 of July 2004 14:14, Szakacsits Szabolcs wrote:

> - the old HDIO_GETGEO code still exists, just the values are thrown
> away, as Andries wrote recently

No, the code (ide-geometry.c) is gone.

> - nobody could point out any _technical_ benefit why the new
> HDIO_GETGEO code is better than the old one (the _way_ Andries wanted to

Andries pointed it many times but you seem to completely ignore it
(see comments in ide-geometry.c):

* I did this, but it doesn't work - there is no reasonable way to find the
* correspondence between the BIOS numbering of the disks and the Linux
* numbering. -aeb
* The code below is bad. One of the problems is that drives 1 and 2
* may be SCSI disks (even when IDE disks are present), so that
* the geometry we read here from BIOS is attributed to the wrong disks.
* Consequently, also the former "drive->present = 1" below was a mistake.
* Eventually the entire routine below should be removed.

I also pointed out that IDE driver _doesn't_ need BIOS geometry et all.

> push the code to user space was quite "unlucky")


> - nobody complained if anything would break if HDIO_GETGEO were
> restored
> - returning 0 values have an unpredictable impact. Hence perhaps the
> change shouldn't be done in the 2.6 kernels to avoid yet another
> brown paper bag.

Yes, it won't help.

We need new ioctl for a get_start_sect() (first sector of a partition).

> Considering all the above points, it seems logical from practical point
> of view, that the restoration of the old HDIO_GETGEO functionality (or
> something that's very close to its behaviour) _temporarily_ for 2.6
> kernels makes sense.

We can restore ide-geometry.c or try to return values obtained from
EDD code through IDE driver. Alternatively we can add new ioctl for
start of partition and remove HDIO_GETGEO from IDE driver completely
but probably it is too late for this for 2.6 (we should do it early
in 2.7 then). Andries?


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