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SubjectRe: Does sysfs really provides persistent hardware path to devices?
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	Specifically using your example of USB memories, I have seen devices move 
around just because of rebooting. I have a Sandisk SDDR-31 (MMC) and a
SDDR-33 (CF) that remain plugged into the same USB ports all the time.
Occasionally, they come up swapped (normally the MMC reader is /dev/sda),
which is really infuriating, since my scripts for building MMC and CF cards
then exhibit much breakage.

And whether it's something unique to this motherboard, those devices, or
what, but I've seen any number of times the kernel/modules get into a state
where the module cannot be unloaded because the in-use counter is set, yet
nothing appears to be using it. When it gets into this state, the device is
unusable, and my only recourse is to reboot (just like Windows!)

I haven't had an opportunity to further characterize the problem, but it's
been persistent across 2.4 and 2.5 kernels.

--John


On Saturday 26 July 2003 12:36 pm, Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
> As far as I can tell sysfs device names include logical bus numbers which
> means, if hardware is added or removed it is possible names do change.
>
> Example:
>
> /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1f.4/usb2/2-2/2-2.1/2-2.1:0/host1/1:0:0:0
>
> PCI part reflects bus number. Now this example is trivial in that it is
> integrated USB controller so it is unlikely to ever change its number - but
> if it were external controller (and even worse with PCI-to-PCI bridge) it
> is likely that adding extra card would shift all numbers.
>
> And USB part of name starts with logical USB bus number i.e. it is obvious
> that adding one more USB adapter will definitely change it.
>
> So apparently I cannot rely on sysfs to get reliable persistent information
> about physical location of devices.
>
> the point is - I want to create aliases that would point to specific slots.
> I.e. when I plug USB memory stick in upper slot on front panel I'd like to
> always create the same device alias for it.
>
> TIA
>
> -andrey
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