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SubjectRe: Linux/Pro -- clusters
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> cludging a utility to patch a running kernel (don't ask) to increase that  
> timeout. Turned out the drive needed a little over three hours to tell me
> it couldn't format.
>
> Frankly, format should really have NO timeout. Or possibly a user-
> specified one.

For generic packet interfaces the "abort" operation becomes something you
can put in the hands of user space, as well as progress reports
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