Subject: Re: mounting non-BSD partitions.
To: John F. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Curt Sampson <email@example.com>
Date: 06/21/1997 09:54:23
On Sat, 21 Jun 1997, John F. Woods wrote:
> There may be a more pleasant way. As someone pointed out, device numbers are
> currently 16 bits, but they're stored in a 32 bit field. If the size of
> a device number is an attribute of a filesystem, then you could simply have
> a per-filesystem flag telling whether to unpack the device number as 16 or
> 32 bits.
I don't beleive we're talking about the same problem. If we move
to 16 partitions per disklabel, the obvious numbering scheme would
have minor nos. 0-15 for sd0, 16-32 for sd1, etc., but that's
incompatable with our current scheme, 0-7 for sd0, 8-15 for sd1,
etc. So if you boot up with the `wrong' kernel, you may end up
mounting partitions from sd0 instead of sd1, or mounting sd1 when
you meant to mount sd2, or whatever.
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