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SubjectRe: What to do about the 2TB limit on HDIO_GETGEO ?
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Greg KH <gregkh@suse.de> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 04:05:32PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

>>> How does this have anything to do with boot times? Do you really have a
>>> foolish shell script that iteratorates over every single disk in the
>>> sysfs tree for every disk? What does it do that for?
>>
>> Any time you want to get the sysfs information for a filesystem which is
>> already mounted, that's what you're forced to do.
>>
>>> I thought we were talking about 2TB disks here, with a proposed new
>>> ioctl, not foolishness of boot scripts...
>>
>> I pointed out that having a way to map device numbers to sysfs directories
>> would have the same effect, *and* would be usable for other purposes. I'd
>> rather see that than a new ioctl, and another, and another...
>
> Again, a simple udev rule will give you that today if you really want
> it...

So e.g. lilo should depend on sysfs and *a*special*configuration* of udev,
while the admin MUST NOT use mknod'ed device files nor manually create
symlinks pointing to them, and not use relative path names?
That's plain stupid.

> And I think 'udevinfo' can be used to retrieve this information as well.

$ udevinfo /dev/hda
missing option
$ udevinfo /dev/hda --help
Usage: udevinfo OPTIONS
--query=<type> query database for the specified value:
name name of device node
symlink pointing to node
path sysfs device path
env the device related imported environment
all all values

--path=<devpath> sysfs device path used for query or chain
--name=<name> node or symlink name used for query

--root prepend to query result or print udev_root
--attribute-walk print all SYSFS_attributes along the device chain
--export-db export the content of the udev database
--help print this text
$ udevinfo --name=/dev/hda
missing option
$ udevinfo --name=/dev/hda --query=all
P: /block/hda
N: hda
S: disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_2F040L0_F1748ZQE
S: disk/by-path/pci-0000:00:0f.0-ide-0:0
E: DEVTYPE=disk
E: ID_TYPE=disk
E: ID_MODEL=Maxtor_2F040L0
E: ID_SERIAL=F1748ZQE
E: ID_REVISION=VAM51JJ0
E: ID_BUS=ata
E: ID_PATH=pci-0000:00:0f.0-ide-0:0

As you can see, it gives no major:minor information. But it is in the DB:

$ cd /dev/.udev/db
$ grep -l hda * 2>/dev/null
\x2fblock\x2fhda
\x2fblock\x2fhda\x2fhda1
$ cat "\x2fblock\x2fhda"
N:hda
S:disk/by-id/ata-Maxtor_2F040L0_F1748ZQE
S:disk/by-path/pci-0000:00:0f.0-ide-0:0
M:3:0
E:DEVTYPE=disk
E:ID_TYPE=disk
E:ID_MODEL=Maxtor_2F040L0
E:ID_SERIAL=F1748ZQE
E:ID_REVISION=VAM51JJ0
E:ID_BUS=ata
E:ID_PATH=pci-0000:00:0f.0-ide-0:0
What a great tool - for making linux look bad.




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