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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Enhancement of /proc/partitions output (2.5.1-pre5)
    From: Anton Altaparmakov <>

btw. You sent a patch to fsdevel some time ago converting parts of the
kernel to use bytes instead of 1024 byte blocks. Have you got an
updated/more complete version of that?

Yes. This summer I constructed the first dozen patches or so of
a path that would step by step change the present situation into one
without the `arrays', and with proper partition handling (namely not
buried down in the drivers), and with sizes as 64-bit byte amounts etc.
You can still find them on
Part of this was applied to 2.4.

Now that 2.5 has opened, I started (an hour ago) moving this stuff to 2.5.
(But will be abroad next week.)

> And I agree with Andreas the partition type would be useful
> in the display, too.
>I don't.
>This type is irrelevant. It would be very bad to make it available.
>People might start using it, and that can only cause problems.
>Moreover, usually there is no type, and in the future that I plan
>there will never be a type. If there is a type, *fdisk will tell you.

I am afraid I disagree. - Type is important when a partitioned device is
being worked on. LDM for example needs to know the types in order to make
sure not to take over a non-dynamic disk by mistake / to know that it is a
dynamic disk.

You illustrate what I say. It is vary bad to make types available,
since they do not exist. And ignorant people might start using them.

There are lots of partitioning systems in common use. And there is
no reason why LDM or MD RAID can sit on top of a DOS partition only.
Consequently, any dependence on types here is a bug.
Moreover, DOS type partitioning is dying. It cannot describe partitions
larger than 1 or 2 TB.

.. I.e. where several different partitions have to be combined
in various ways to give new devices? What are your thoughts
on this? And do you have or are you aware of any code for
these more advanced uses of partitioned devices?

No - but things will improve fully automatically. The MD code is
terrible (seen from a kdev_t point of view) and requires a lot of

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