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SubjectRe: New model for managing dev_t's for partitionable block devices
For newer revs of linux, I was specifically thinking of implementing 
using device mapper to provide partition mapping so your thinking just
like me :) The only downside is device mapper becomes a required
component instead of being module capable since partition information is
needed before early boot is available to load modules.

-steve wrote:

>On Tue, 28 Jan 2003 10:20:31 MST, Steven Dake <> said:
>>Each physical disk would be assigned a minor number in a group of
>>majors. So assume a major was chosen of 150, 151, 152, 153, there would
>>be a total of 1024 physical disks that could be mapped. Then the device
>>mapper code could be used to provide partition devices in another
>>major/group of majors.
>This sounds suspiciously like the already-existing device mapper stuff
>used by LVM2. Maybe all that's needed is to add a hook to add a device
>mapper entry for each partition?

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