Subject: Re: Another changer, another changer problem
To: Todd Whitesel <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/08/1998 18:32:16
On Thu, 8 Oct 1998, Todd Whitesel wrote:

> I think there are many technically weak 24/7 shops where even the hired
> sysadmins don't trust the notion of rebuilding kernels in the field.

*Shrug*. Dealing with multiple SCSI controllers and drives in a
system is not an easy job. Dealing with this properly, especially
on PC hardware, is a lot more difficult than learning how to build
a kernel with things wired down. That's why I don't see the point
of this whole thing: it's an attempt to cater to people who simply
don't have the ability anyway.

> If we want device names that don't move, then the best we can do is to have
> the kernel build a devfs based on the locator information:
> /devfs/mainbus/pci@bus0/pcib@dev7function0/isa@pcib/wdc@port0x1f0/wd@drive0
> I could transition slowly from kernel config files to symlink nests....

This, along with rc files that go and build this stuff on the fly,
or building with scripts during system operation, sounds like much
more of a configuration nightmare to me than simply rebuilding a
kernel file.

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