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SubjectRe: [PATCH] register_blkdev
On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 06:18:19PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> And realize that these things are often limited by on-disk / wire
> representations. Some of which are easier to fix than others (ie, think
> about NFS servers running old versions of Linux).

Yeah, I was chatting with Peter about that last night (he was
advocating 64 bits for dev_t). For some things (NFSv2) we could merely
truncate the space. It only really matters if /dev is on NFS, and we
can perhaps say "You need NFSv3 or better if you want the larger dev
space". That's just one possible way to approach it. A system big
enough to have 5000 disks attached likely isn't getting /dev from an
NFSv2 server.
I'm so-so on the 64bit vs 32bit dev_t argument, but I'd bet we
only want to change it once for the internal representation. How we
handle external representations (on disk, over the wire) is a different



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