Subject: Re: CFR: The Auto-Generation Block/Character Device Switch Tables
To: David Laight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 05/16/2002 09:13:38
On Thu, 16 May 2002, David Laight wrote:
> On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 11:11:44PM +1000, Darren Reed wrote:
> > In some email I received from der Mouse, sie wrote:
> > Tell me, do you care what inode number /etc/passwd has ? Or /root ?
> > What difference does it make if the major number for a device is X or Y ?
> The difficulty is that if you change any of the major numbers you
> can't boot an old kernel. This makes the upgrade somewhat tricky
> - especially for the developers who definitely won't get it right
> first time :-(
You also, more importantly, can't boot a new kernel on an old file system.