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SubjectRe: devfs v21 & IDE cdrom
On Wed, 1 Apr 1998, mlord wrote:

> Richard Gooch wrote:
> >
> > writes:
> > > One problem with devfs:
> > >
> > > The directory /dev/ir should be /dev/ic instead.
> > >
> > > "c" stands for "cdrom", not "r".
> >
> > I see your point, but the way it is now makes it more like the SCSI
> > name: /dev/sr/
> > It would be nice to have consistency between the two. I invite people
> > to comment.
> Well, since it is me rather than you who is going to
> continuously receive an extra 10 or so emails daily
> from users about this, I'd really rather not have the hassle.
> For that matter, I think I'd still like to see all the IDE
> stuff gathered under /dev/ide/, and using real names like
> disk, tape, cdrom, floppy.
> Making things a lot easier for the end-user to figure out
> will limit the support workload increase I anticipate from
> this rather immensely. (Even to the point where I now think
> that "ide" is a better name than "ata" for the subdir).
> Thanks
> --
> The Linux IDE guy

I agree here. I think that easy to use rather then short is
much more helpful. We can even have things short! Something like:


or even (heaven forbid):


And then have _additional_ links elsewhere such as:

or something.

If the user is supposed to figure out some coded form like

there had better be a _damn_ good reason. I don't consider there to
be such a a compelling reason for the ide bus, since the existing numbering
scheme /dev/hd[a-f] already uniquely identifies each device. If somebody
removes /dev/hdc, the device at /dev/hdb doesn't change.

The reason the scsi scheme is so wierd, convoluted, indecipherable, and
strange is that with the existing scsi interface, when you remove /dev/sr2
that /dev/sr1 was getting renamed.

Lets not impose a unnecessary but compatable "fix" for ide, since ide
doesn't have the problem that the fix was invented for. I say that we
use names that are human readable! I really don't want names that are
short and concise. devfs supports long filenames, right? Lets use them.


Erik B. Andersen Web:
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