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SubjectRe: The ext3 way of journalling

On Jan 8 2008 16:52, Tuomo Valkonen wrote:
>> I can recommend that you try another distribution then.
>They all suck.

Roll your own.

>Typically distros' stock kernels load the intorable integrated buzz-chip
>as the first sound card,

While that is true, configuration tools such as, ads aside, yast2
(designed for those "idiots" you referred to with 'WIMP idiot box') has
a setting for which card should be loaded first. "Power users" may still
use the index= option of sound card modules and wire it up in
/etc/modprobe.d if they prefer.

>and the wrong network adapter as eth0.

You can guess my answer: udev will fix it. And actually, udev will
record the MAC address and the device name the first time it encounters
a new device, hence will always use the same interface name for a MAC
address. So the MAC--interface mapping may be wrong on the first
install (until you 'fix' the mapping so that it is to your liking),
but will remain the same afterwards.
Exempt are some nvidia-based weirdo chips which assign a random
MAC at every boot.

>SATA and
>USB disks appear as some randomly ordered scsi nodes, and so on.

Well what do you expect of it? The kernel does not keep USB port <->
SCSI device mappings. Neither USB device <-> SCSI device mapping,
because not all USB ports or USB devices are mass-storage devices.
It just is not the kernel's job.

Now that you mention that,
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-DIAMOND_250G_2B5400_030400026 always has had the
contents I expected it to have. Wonder how that comes!? Don't tell me
you are using those old-fashioned /dev/sda - that would be negligent.
Some/most(?) distros do not follow /dev/disk consistently yet, so you
are free to blame them. Not to forget that udev makes this possible :)

>This could be configured with udev if one were willing to learn -- for
>a fundamentally very trivial task --

Nothing to configure, this is standard udev configuration file
boilerplate and comes prepackaged. Upgrade udev to version 114 at least.

>yet another wheel-reinving unnecessarily
>cryptic piece of shit, to tolerate distros breaking your cryptic config

Mine plays very well.

$ cat /etc/crypttab
home /dev/disk/by-id/ata-DIAMOND_250G_2B5400_030400026-part2 none

and /dev/mapper/home is a fixed name.

>and to tolerate its intolerable slowness at boot. (/dev should
>still be the UI for modifying dynamic device mappings, reacting to ln, mv,
>chmod, etc., instead of being reduced into a race-condition ridden tmpfs
>shadow, that loses your normally created symlinks and permissions at boot.)

May I remind you that the kernel also "loses" all your network interface
configuration, routes, firewalling rules and all sysctl settings at
boot (sic: reboot & powerdown).

>But the stock kernels also takes age at boot in (trying to) load a zillion
>unnecessary drivers.

Distros have to decide whether to

- not autoload a zillion of modules, potentially generating lots of
crying "idiot" users

- autoload a zillion of modules, potentially firing you up.

>They need to be configured to not load them. But
>_obviously_ they won't use a _simple_ listing of the modules to load
>(/etc/modules), but demand complex initrd editing.

Nonsense. The kernel notices udev about all available hardware and udev
will load modules. It has nothing to do with initrd, in fact, this very
step of loading a gazillion of modules is done after initrd has passed
control on to /sbin/init. At least, in opensuse.

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