Subject: Re: Trouble with PCI, VGA, 32Mbyte
To: Charles M. Hannum <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Peter Dufault <email@example.com>
Date: 06/10/1995 19:22:19
Charles M. Hannum writes:
> Sending arbitrary CDB's from the command line is handy. I'm not
> sure what is so "*suck*"y about the interface; I guess Charles has
> used it and found it a pain in the neck that everything within the
> quotes is in hex and everything outside in decimal.
> No; that's the least of the problems. The most annoying problem is
> that, e.g/, a trivial typo can turn a CHANGE DEFINITION command into a
> FORMAT UNIT command -- definitely not what the user intended, and by
> the time he/she notices, it's way too late.
> This is a very unsafe interface, and I would definitely not want
> random users to experiment with it.
I agree. This is not a general disk formatting utility. Furthermore,
it is a *sucky* interface to a disk formatting utility.
I'm sure Charles meant that this was a sucky interface for a disk
formatting utility, and not that it is a sucky interface for a
general "send an arbitrary CDB" to a SCSI device. I took it to
be the second. I know Charles monitors the FreeBSD lists, and
I assumed he knew what the utility was for.
A reading of Charles's posting shows it combines sarcasm ("careful
readers will notice") with strong criticism ("*sucky*") and that
my response showed me to be thin skinned and petulant. So I think
I'm right about some parts of that last post.
Anyway, 'nough said.
Peter Dufault Real Time Machine Control and Simulation
HD Associates, Inc. Voice: 508 433 6936
firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 508 433 5267