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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: bug? in using generic read/write functions to read/write block devices in 2.4.11-pre2


    On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Christoph Hellwig wrote:

    > Hi Al,
    >
    > In article <Pine.GSO.4.21.0110031643130.23558-100000@weyl.math.psu.edu> you wrote:
    > > Moreover, ->release() for block_device also doesn't care for the junk
    > > we pass - it only uses inode->i_rdev. In all cases. And I'd rather
    > > see it them as
    > > int (*open)(struct block_device *bdev, int flags, int mode);
    > > int (*release)(struct block_device *bdev);
    > > int (*check_media_change)(struct block_device *bdev);
    > > int (*revalidate)(struct block_device *bdev);
    > > - that would make more sense than the current variant. They are block_device
    > > methods, not file or inode ones, after all.
    >
    > How about starting 2.5 with that patch ones 2.4.11 is done? Linus?

    I don't think that it's a good idea. Such patch is trivial - it can be
    done at any point in 2.5. Moreover, while it does clean some of the
    mess up, I don't see a lot of other stuff that would depend on it.

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