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SubjectRe: LANANA: To Pending Device Number Registrants


On Mon, 14 May 2001, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> > LILO uses BIOS, for fsck sake. It couldn't care less for device numbers
> > on the kernel side. Ask Andries how much do they have in common with
> > BIOS drive numbers.
> >
>
> That's not the issue. LILO takes whatever you pass to root= and converts
> it to a device number at /sbin/lilo time. An idiotic practice on the
> part of LILO, in my opinion, that ought to have been fixed a long time
> ago.

Oh, _that_ one. <shrug> pass rootname=driver!name (or whatever syntax
you prefer) to the kernel and call do_mount() instead of sys_mknod() in
prepare_namespace() (rootfs patch). BFD.

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