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SubjectRe: My SCSI HD has 34 heads, not 255...

Fine. Noisily complain so the user can select between the values from a
potentially broken HD_GETGEO and a value determined by examination would
be better than what we have now. The HD_GETGEO calls are not omnicient,
or even 100% correctly implemented. When they are (if they ever are) I
will stop complaining. But if the kernel returns incorrect data
regularly, the external programs should have an easy way of determining
and using the correct data.

On Mon, 17 Jun 1996, Leonard N. Zubkoff wrote:

> Date: Sun, 16 Jun 1996 17:55:32 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Thomas E Zerucha <>
> I would suggest this technique (use any values from a preexisting
> partition table first, call HD_GETGEO second) be used for automatic
> determination.
> No. The HD_GETGEO should always be done and if the geometry does not match the
> present partition table the user should be warned and asked for guidance.
> Silently ignoring the driver's translation is *never* a good idea.
> Leonard
> ; finger for PGP key

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