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    SubjectRe: Should osst call cdev_alloc()
    On 10/23/2004 04:56:06 PM, Kai Makisara wrote:
    > On Sat, 23 Oct 2004, Willem Riede wrote:
    > > Currently, sg.c and st.c contain calls to cdev_alloc() and friends:
    > >
    > > My question is: should osst do the same? It seems to work just fine
    > without.
    > >
    > The reason why st.c calls cdev_alloc() directly is that this allows it to
    > use the large minor numbers (some people want to use more than 32 tapes).
    > This also used to give presence in sysfs but that is not the case any
    > more. The devices can be shown in sysfs using device classes (st.c uses
    > the class_simple_* functions).
    > Osst does call cdev_alloc() indirectly through register_chrdev(). This is
    > the link between the "old style" character device allocation and the
    > current method. As long as register_chrdev() exists, you don't have any
    > pressing need to change osst unless you want to support more than 256
    > minors.

    Thanks. Given that the Onstream devices were targeted at the low end market, I
    see no need to support many drives of this type, so I'll leave it as it is.

    Willem Riede.

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