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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 <>

    Member of the League for Programming Freedom -- mail
    Tall Clubs International -- or 1-800-521-2512

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