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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 35/35] Add Xen virtual block device driver.

>> +static struct xlbd_type_info xlbd_ide_type = {
>> +static struct xlbd_type_info xlbd_scsi_type = {
>> +static struct xlbd_type_info xlbd_vbd_type = {

> This is another thing that has always put me off. The virtual block
> device driver has the ability to masquerade as other types of block
> devices. It actually claims to be an IDE or SCSI device allocating the
> appropriate major/minor numbers.

It's useful sometimes. Debian/sarge for example doesn't work with xvd
block devices. At least not out-of-the-box, it needs some manual
tweaks. Probably it also is handy when moving real machines into an
virtual environment. I don't think it should be dropped.

Most modern udev-based distros work just fine with xvd though.

> This seems to be pretty evil and creating interesting failure conditions
> for users who load IDE or SCSI modules. I've seen it trip up a number
> of people in the past. I think we should only ever use the major number
> that was actually allocated to us.

Print a big fat warning? And also change the example config files in
the xen source tree to use xvda not hda to advertize them more than we
do right now. I think lots of users don't even know about the xvd
devices ...



Gerd 'just married' Hoffmann <>
I'm the hacker formerly known as Gerd Knorr.
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