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SubjectRe: Does sysfs really provides persistent hardware path to devices?
On Saturday 26 July 2003 20:50, Greg KH wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 26, 2003 at 08:36:13PM +0400, Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
> > So apparently I cannot rely on sysfs to get reliable persistent
> > information about physical location of devices.
> That is correct, but you can get pretty close :)

sure, I know. The more annoying is how difficult is to step over this "close"

> > 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.
> Look at the udev announcement I posted to linux-kernel yesterday to see
> how to do this.

I know udev.

udev does not answer my question. It operates on logical device (bus) numbers.
My question was how to name devices based on physical position
*independently* of logical numbers they get.

It is not strictly speaking udev fault but simply result of kernel exporting
logical device names instead of true physical paths. I miss Solaris /devices
filesystem ...

OK I may mot see something obvious. Simple example.

I have SCSI HBA sitting in PCI slot 3. It gets SCSI host number 1. I configure
udev to name SCSI device "database"

I add one more SCSI HBA in PCI slot 1. Next time system is booted *this* gets
SCSI host number 1 and my first HBA in slot 3 gets SCSI host 2. Oops.

Question: how to configure udev so that "database" always refers to LUN 0 on
target 0 on bus 0 on HBA in PCI slot 1.

> thanks,

I thank you


PS this obviously applies not only to SCSI. It is just it is most simple
example and you do not open network interfaces by name so there is *no* way
at all to assign their numbers :(
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