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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Configure IDE probe delays
    Mark Lord wrote:
    > I'm the dude responsible for the infamous "50 milliseconds" here.
    > I agree that (1) it is overkill, (2) it could be optimised,
    > and (3) it is very very non-standard.
    > But it also works extraordinarilly well. I still am very active
    > with ATA and SATA driver development, and the basic Linux IDE probe
    > works for me on vendor hardware where their own standards-specific
    > routines sometimes fail (even in their windows drivers).
    > If possible, it would be best to let it be, and over time it will
    > be less and less important as SATA and kin take over the universe.

    Honestly, this is what I would prefer: leave drivers/ide probing alone.
    As we say in the South, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"

    Long term, migrate to libata which should provide quite rapid PATA probing.

    > One possibility here would be to augment it with reset signature probing,
    > and/or a cyl-high read/write test. These could speed things up for
    > more mainstream cases. But I'm not going to touch what's there myself!

    libata already does this :)


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