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SubjectRe: /dev/sd*
Jan Engelhardt wrote:
>>> Less advanced users should use the upgrade tools their distribution
>>> provides.
>> And personally I think less advanced users will be very happy with
>> /dev/disk (or /dev/hd). No more confusion wether to user /dev/hdx or
>> /dev/sdx or whatever!
>
> Umm, hdx or sdx is a small impact. The real power of /dev/disk is that
> not-so-technically minded users can go looking for their disk by its name
> (or less frequently, by their address (e.g. USB drive)). Especially
> important since any new disk discovered in the scsi layer gets the next
> free slot.

Desktop volume management stuff is already doing it. When I connect my
ipod, it shows up as IPOD on my desktop regardless of which sd letter it
gets. Also, recent distributions use LABEL= tricks to find out root and
other partitions to mount on boot.

The major/minor number and device name (which is determined by udev)
aren't that important already and will become less of an issue as time
passes.

--
tejun
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