Subject: Re: 32 bit dev_t, Revision 2
To: Todd Vierling <tv@NetBSD.ORG>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 01/11/1998 12:16:07
	One other thought - this sounds like the ideal time to expand the
	max number of partition per device from 8, maybe to 32? (even if
	only 26 are easily usable, and leave the default MAKEDEV creating
	say 16)


  ... and so am I, maybe its the other way round, I can't seem to decide ...

On Sun, 11 Jan 1998, Todd Vierling wrote:

> I have modified the 32 bit dev_t spec proposal as listed below.  Please send
> any comments you may have (and CC to tech-kern).  The less painful the
> transition to 32 bit dev_t's is, the better.
> I have been told that one simplification of the transition method is just to
> update MAKEDEV and mknod and re-run MAKEDEV from a miniroot setup.  While
> this is easy for some people, it is not simple for everyone.  The proposal
> below includes two-way device number compatibility and allows for the
> ability to netboot NetBSD off of a NFS server with only 16 bit device
> support. 
> There will be context diffs to parts of the MI code, and the sparc MD code,
> relative to -current (1.3A) posted tomorrow afternoon at the following URL:
> [...]