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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] virtio_blk: use disk_name_format() to support mass of disks naming
On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 05:53:52PM +0800, Ren Mingxin wrote:
> The current virtblk's naming algorithm only supports 263 disks.
> If there are mass of virtblks(exceeding 263), there will be disks
> with the same name.
> By renaming "sd_format_disk_name()" to "disk_name_format()"
> and moving it into block core, virtio_blk can use this function to
> support mass of disks.
> Signed-off-by: Ren Mingxin <>

I guess it's already way too late but why couldn't they have been
named vdD-P where both D and P are integers denoting disk number and
partition number? [sh]dX's were created when there weren't supposed
to be too many disks, so we had to come up with the horrible alphabet
based numbering scheme but vd is new enough. I mean, naming is one
thing but who wants to figure out which sequence is or guess what
comes next vdzz9? :(

If we're gonna move it to block layer, let's add big blinking red
comment saying "don't ever use it for any new driver".



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