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SubjectRe: IDE/ATAPI in 2.5
>Alan Cox wrote:

>> Please consider deprecating or removing ide-floppy/ide-tape/ide-cdrom
>> and treat all ATAPI devices as what they really are -- SCSI over IDE.

>They aren't.

Please don't start again to tell onprooven statements....
We had a similar discussion in January 2001 and you did not give a proove
for this statement.


>o Not all ide cdrom devices are ATAPI capable

Name one drive made after 1993, one drive made after 1995 and one drive made
after 2000 to verify your statement.

>o Many ide floppy devices can do ATAPI but get it horribly wrong

Describe the problems.

>o ide-tape is -totally- weird and unrelated to st

Describe problems and name drives that will not work via ATAPI.

>Andre did the framework ready to move to a situation where you could open
>either the ide-scsi or the ide-cdrom name without module reloading mess.
>You'd need to ask our new 2.5 IDE maintainer to finish that work off.

This is a really bad idea!

The result of such bad hacks is that nobody really tests whether the new
code works.

Let me give an example:

If you try to put ide-scsi on top of PCATA (the interface that is used
in notebooks to connect external disks and CD-writers).

Depending on the kernel version, this either causes a system panic or
just does not work at all. As all ATAPI CD-writers and CD-rom drives
have a fallback to ATA commands, nobody who does not like to use a writer
will ever notice the problem. They simply access the CD-ROM as read only
ATA disk. If ide-cd would have been banned this bug would have been fixed years
ago.

>For disk it gets much easier. Linus has already said he wants a single
>'disk' device, which once we get 32bit dev_t will be nice. With that we
>can finally turn aacraid, megaraid and other 'fake scsi' devices back to
>raw block devices without breaking compatibility assumptions, and get more
>throughput.


Sorry, this has nothing to do with dev_t

Jörg

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