Subject: Re: why is partition c always the full disk?
To: Robert Elz <>
From: Michael C. Richardson <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/13/1998 18:55:10
  The problem with going to 16 partitions is that it changes the minor
device numbers for /dev/sd*, etc.. so you have to fix up /dev *before*
you install that new kernel, and then you can't go back.
  So, we can't just make it the default just like that.
  The plan was, I thought, to do this at the same time that we'd go
to a 32 bit dev_t, reserving major device 0 to mean 16 bit dev_t.

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