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Subjectnew tool: blktool

I just posted "blktool" on my SF page,
and in BitKeeper at

blktool aims to be an easier to use, and more generic version of the
existing utility 'hdparm'. For example,

$ hdparm -c1 /dev/hda
$ blktool /dev/hda pio-data 32-bit


$ hdparm -L0 /dev/hda
$ blktool /dev/hda media unlock

The utility is currently still fairly specific to IDE devices (as hdparm
is), but that will change in the coming weeks as SCSI, I2O, and possibly
some bits of hardware RAID control are added.

The audience for this application, like hdparm, is fairly narrow,
specific to people who tweak their storage devices and _know what they
are doing_. Improper use of this tool, like hdparm, can turn your disk
into a doorstop.


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