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SubjectRe: block-major-xx
Hi Jeff.

> Are there any documentation which list the actual module name
> associated with block-major-xx, ie. block-major-8?

The easiest way to find that is to look in /dev for the relevant node,
and see what it corresponds to.

> After rebooting with a monolithic kernel, I get the following
> error message:

> kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k block-major-8, errno 2

> Is block-major-8 an alias for a particular module name?

Of course...

> If so, how can I find out the actual name.

Looking in /dev I see the following:

Q> $ ls -dl /dev/* | tr -s '\t' ' ' | grep '^b.* 8, 0'
Q> brw-rw---- root 8, 0 May 5 1998 /dev/sda
Q> $

This indicates to me that block-major-8 corresponds to whatever your
primary SCSI interface is, since /dev/sda is the first SCSI drive...

Command analysis, for those interested...

Q> ls -dl /dev/*

List all entries in the /dev/directory in long format, listing
directories by name rather than content. Pipe the output from
this command into...

Q> tr -s '\t' ' '

Squash all sequences of spaces and tabs down to a single space.
Pipe the output from this command into...

Q> grep '^b.* 8, 0'

Delete all lines that (a) do not begin with a lower case 'b'
(which indicates a "block major" device), and (b) do not have
the string ' 8, 0' somewhere in the line.

The result of this sequence is to locate the device with block major 8
and minor 0, and display the associated line. Only if none is shown do
you need to search further, and for most devices, such is no problem.

Best wishes from Riley.

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