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SubjectCDROM drivers not apt for kerneld
There is a problem in the two CDROM drivers I use: when the CDROM driver is
initialized it resets the device. The device answers and then it tests
if there is a CDROM loaded. If a program accesses the device during the
test (a couple of seconds) this fails with the message "no CD in drive".
This is a problem if you are using kerneld. The first mounting of the
CD always fails.

Also some people are complaining because during installation the mounting
of the root device is failing. I had this when using an installation
who used the CDROM as a root device. I had to install from floppies.
The people affected by this are mostly beginners so the problem is
serious.

I suggest the "no CD in drive" is not returned to the application if
the driver has been started from less than 5 seconds. Otherwise sleep
1 second and retry.

The following pseudo-code describes the idea:

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do {
status=test_cd_in_drive();
if (status != NO_DISK_IN_DRIVE) break;
while ( time_since_driver_init() > FIVE_SECONDS || sleep(ONE_SECOND));

if ( status != SUCCESS) return (failure(status));


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Jean Francois Martinez

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(Ronald Reagan)


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