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SubjectRe: Ideas for v2.1
   Date: 	Wed, 12 Jun 1996 11:52:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: DUPRE Christophe <>

Not really a good idea : Let's say you have IDE and SCSI disks:
/dev/hda, /dev/hdb, /dev/sda and /dev/sdb

With your system, you'd have:
/dev/hda -> /dev/diska
/dev/hdb -> /dev/diskb
/dev/sda -> /dev/diskc
/dev/sdb -> /dev/diskd

Now one IDE disk is crashed and you remove it. Thus /dev/hdb no longer
exists, and you get this mapping:
/dev/hda -> /dev/diska
/dev/sda -> /dev/diskb
/dev/sdc -> /dev/diskc

So now your /etc/fstab will mount the wrong partitions...

Well, for that matter if you remove the first IDE disk in the current
setup you'll screw up your partitions, too. Maybe we need to go to a
system like what Solaris uses, where the controller type, controller
number, disk/target number, and partition number are all encoded into
the name.

Robert Krawitz <>

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