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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.14 IDE 57
At 15:08 07/05/02, Dave Jones wrote:
>On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 02:57:46PM +0100, Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
> > How do I get this information with hdparm please?
> >
> > [aia21@drop ide]$ cat via
>Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz moved all this stuff to userspace
>a long time ago in 'ideinfo'.

[aia21@drop hda]$ ideinfo
bash: ideinfo: command not found

Obviously distros haven't caught up with this development. )-:

Care to give me a URL? A quick google for "ideinfo Linux download" didn't
bring up anything looking relevant.

> > [aia21@drop hda]$ cat cache
> > 1916
> > [aia21@drop hda]$ cat capacity
> > 80418240
> > [aia21@drop hda]$ cat geometry
> > physical 79780/16/63
> > logical 5005/255/63
> >
> > And hdparm never gives you the physical geometry AFAICS.
>Why would a normal user ever need to know this info?

I want to know this info. (-: Admittedly normal users don't need it... It
is useful for diagnosing problems with NTFS and MD setups for example (in
conjunction with fdisk -l shown in sectors).

> > And as I said, I can understand removing the ability to write values into
> > /proc/ide/*, what I disagree with is the removal of the information
> > provided by read-only access to /proc/ide/*. And that is because I am not
> > aware of any other way to get the same information.
>The parsing gunk we have for /proc/ide is fugly, and should have been
>done with sysctls from day one imo.

I like text parsing... It is not performance critical and makes info human
readable... Whether existing text parsers are any good or not, I don't
care, write a better one if you don't like the existing one or go beat up
the people who wrote the bad ones... That seems to be Martin's standard
reply, so I thought I would use it, too. (-;

Best regards,


"I've not lost my mind. It's backed up on tape somewhere." - Unknown
Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at> (replace at with @)
Linux NTFS Maintainer / IRC: #ntfs on
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