Subject: Re: The list of floppy devices and a suggestion...
To: None <kenh@wrl.EPI.COM, uunet!!>
From: Olaf Seibert <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/12/1994 03:16:02
> 	    /dev/fd0a	1	/* 1.44MB diskette */ 
>	    /dev/fd0b	2	/* 1.2 MB AT-diskettes */ 
>	    /dev/fd0c	3	/* 360kB in 1.2MB drive */ 
>	    /dev/fd0d	4	/* 360kB PC diskettes */ 
>	    /dev/fd0e	5	/* 3.5" 720kB diskette */ 
>	    /dev/fd0f	6	/* 720kB in 1.2MB drive */ 
>	    /dev/fd0g	7	/* 360kB in 720kB drive */

Would it not be a Good Thing(tm) to have at least one auto-detecting
pseudo-partition? And an Even Better Thing(tm) to have support for
disks with extra sectors per track? (In fact, support for the one
virtually implies support for the other, in both directions.)

To indicate that this is not totally ridiculous: my device driver for
the Amiga to handle pc format disks (messydisk.device) does just that.
The only divine guidance it needs is for 40-track disks in 80-track
drives, i.e. it assumes that the number of tracks on the disk normally
matches that of the drive.

___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert     Ooey-Gooey-Fluffy-Barfie
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