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SubjectRe: Congrats to Richard Gooch
Khimenko Victor writes:
> In <> Garst R. Reese ( wrote:
> > I have followed with some interest the saga of devfs.
> > Complete with radical activists vs. Peter's questions of "what's it
> > for?"
> > Richard's patient explanations, and devoted support with timely patches.
> > There is a big time lesson here for people with a strong belief in their
> > idea.
> > Hat's off to Richard Gooch for his persistance and also to hpa.
> > There are many lessons here for contributors.
> > Garst
> > 46-5
> What should be done now is to clean up all stuff. Gooch done
> everything he can himself. Now when devfs is part of official kernel
> it's time to polish up devfs further. For example situation with ZIP
> drives does not look right to me. When there are no zip disk in
> drive and module is not loaded there are no
> /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4 . If I'll put zip disk in
> driver and will try to mount it ide-floppy will be loaded and
> mounted. So far so good. The bad thing happens when I try to mount
> zip disk when there are NO zip disk in drive. Then only
> /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/disc is created, not
> /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4 :-(( So even if I'll put zip
> disk in drive I can not mount it :-((
> IMO right way to deal with this situation is to add some "rescan"
> function in devices. So you can force rescan of attached devices
> without driver unloading and loading again. This problem exists
> there without devfs (if I turn my SCSI scanner after system reboot I
> can not use it -- I need to restart system), devfs just make it more
> pervasive...

Devfs already has a rescan facility. SCSI and IDE removable drives are
using this. Someone should look at the IDE subsystem and figure out
if and why this isn't working. I can't test it myself.



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