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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.5-pre1 IDE cleanup 9
    On Fri, Feb 22, 2002 at 04:56:24PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
    > Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
    > > For some adapters, this is possible, for other it is not (at all). You
    > > happen to be a maintainer of one for which it is possible, and thus your
    > > point of view is quite different from mine - mine comes from USB and
    > > other parts of the device world, where no order can even be defined.
    > >
    > > And because of that, I do not think that having the host adapters decide
    > > what device gets what number is a good idea. They should provide the
    > > information if they have it, but the final decision should definitely be
    > > done in userspace, by the hotplug agent.
    > >
    > > Ie. it should be configurable.
    > For the future, we need to get away from legacy methods of disk
    > ordering, indeed.


    > For Gerard's case, I can see a userspace agent running in initramfs
    > discovering the order...

    The same agent that decides for the other cases - only in Gerard's case
    it has more information to work with, we just have to make sure it can
    access the information.

    > Most filesystems have some sort of serial number of labelling capability
    > which allows them to be addressed independent of spindle, or starting
    > position on that spindle [partition].

    Yes, yes, yes.

    Vojtech Pavlik
    SuSE Labs
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