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SubjectRe: Patch for kernel.real-root-dev on s390
> From: Ulrich Weigand <weigand@immd1.informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
> Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 03:48:33 +0100 (MET)
> Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org

> I agree that this looks broken, but I don't see why it
> would be s390 specific. The clobber of adjacent memory
> happens on all architectures, and on all big endian systems
> the value read is incorrect even if adjacent memory happens
> to be 0.

Probably alignment restrictions do not allow anything interesting
to happen. I know now that ppc people complained about it.

> However, I'm not convinced the patch is a proper fix; it
> will cause the MAJOR and MINOR macros to be applied to a
> variable not of type kdev_t, which happens to work now but will
> break if the definition of kdev_t is changed to a structure
> or pointer type (as it probably will at some point in the
> future, if I recall the various discussions correctly).
>
> What about either
> - adding support for kdev_t values to procfs
> or

I thought that would be the right thing to do when kdev_t is changed.
Currently, I do not know how to change it. Guy Streeter told me
that someone floated an insanely ugly patch that special-cased
shorts into do_proc_dointvec(), and I did not like that approach
too much. Once the structure of new kdev_t is known, the
do_proc_kdev_t may be defined, but I think it makes no sense
to jump the gun now.

> - keeping two int variables real_root_major and
> real_root_minor ?

Who knows if we are going to have majors and minors at all.
Suppose Gooch and Viro give us a decent devfs, or something.

An alternative may be to redo the initrd interface, for instance
have /proc/real-root-path instead of real-root-dev (and no sysctl),
I did not have time to explore all implications of that way.

-- Pete
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