Subject: Re: Another changer, another changer problem
To: Gandhi woulda smacked you <>
From: David Maxwell <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/04/1998 10:57:50
On Sat, Oct 03, 1998 at 11:15:58PM -0700, Gandhi woulda smacked you wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Oct 1998, Bill Studenmund wrote:
>  * > Anything that moves us away from implicitly used letters and toward
>  * > documented partition types makes sense to me too.
>  * 
>  * ?? diskabel's output always indicates partition type.
> FWIW, I still think the disk text-labeling thing is more trouble
> than it's worth.
> If you want windoze, you know where to find it.  Volume labeling is,
> to quote a phrase, "an egregious hack".

Windows doesn't handle this any differently than we do. I avoided mentioning
it, since someone early in the conversation said 'or other Unix variants',
but if you install windows on a disk and then install a drive earlier in
the chain, Windows is toast. (not deleted etc, just won't run at all.)
Likewise, if you have a C: and D: drive and pull the C: drive, D -> C with 
no choice on your part. Yes the disks have labels, but they're just used
for display as far as I know. I've certainly never had reason to pay 
attention to what mine were called.

Now, if you want to talk AmigaDos, where you could actually type 'cd hd0:'
or 'cd myharddisk:' that's another matter. ;-)

David Maxwell,| --> Mastery of UNIX, like
mastery of language, offers real freedom. The price of freedom is always dear,
but there's no substitute. Personally, I'd rather pay for my freedom than live
in a bitmapped, pop-up-happy dungeon like NT. - Thomas Scoville