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SubjectRe: 2.2.X patch query
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Riley Williams <rhw@MemAlpha.CX> said:

[...]

> Before I go any further with this, I would like to ask a few questions
> relating to it:
>
> 1. Is there any likelihood of this making it into the official
> kernel, or am I just wasting my time?

Depends, I'd say... perhaps after a long shakeout and much use.

> 2. Would I be right in thinking it's too late for either the
> 2.2 or 2.4 kernels ???

No way.

> Assuming it'd be of interest to Linus and yourself...

[...]

> 5. I was wondering about providing some means of selecting
> whether to dump to /dev/fd0 or /dev/fd1 (or others if
> present). What would be your opinion on this?

Keep it as simple as possible. I'd leave the option open if not hard, but
not implement it at all at first.

> 6. A while back, I developed a high-level floppy formatter
> that produces a non-standard DOS-compatible format that
> allows 1436k of data on a 1440k floppy, and produced a
> bash script that would produce disks formatted in this
> format.
>
> My current plans are for SYSRQ-D to raw write direct to
> /dev/fd0 and effectively reformat the disks in this
> format, dropping the log file thereon in the process. I
> don't plan on doing the low-level format, just the
> high-level one.

KISS, again. What use is a non-standard 1436Kb DOS format when writing at
most 1Mb? I'd just dump it raw to /dev/fd0, whoever wants to read it later
will have all kinds of tools at hand.

Remember:

- Bloat
- This will have to work even in a thoroughly hosed system to be of any use
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Casilla 9G, Vin~a del Mar, Chile +56 32 672616
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