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SubjectRe: IDs
On Tue, Jan 07, 2003 at 07:54:11PM +0100, wrote:

> > If we had a complete white/black list of devices with/without a unique id,
> > there would be no ambiguity.
> You mean for the devices on the white list.
> But most devices will not be on the white list.

I mean if it is not on the white list, treat it as black listed or ask
for user/admin input, so we safely handle the id.

> Our perceptions differ, I think. My impression is that chaos
> is the norm, and well-behaved devices are the exception.

For usb storage, cd's, and cheap storage yes, chaos.

> As you say - we can make a best effort and get a string that
> with some luck identifies the device uniquely. But no guarantees
> given.


> Maybe that again means that the S/Z distinction can be dropped.

We still want to tell page 0x83 (starts with a number) from page 0x80
(currently starts with S) from default values (currently starts with Z).
Dropping the Z in favour of an empty string would be good.

-- Patrick Mansfield
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