Subject: Re: wedges vs. not-quite-wedges, was > 1T filesystems, disklabels, etc
To: Frank van der Linden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 12/19/2002 15:27:09
In message <20021220000754.A18539@vaasje.org>Frank van der Linden writes
>On Thu, Dec 19, 2002 at 03:04:59PM -0800, Jonathan Stone wrote:
>> Try mounting all the UFS filesystems in a FreeBSD partition sometime.
>> (no, mbrlabel does n't find them all). Bill's proposal makes that
>> even harder than it is now.
>No it doesn't, Bill's proposal includes a utility that grovels the
>disk and *finds all partitions for you of all types* and then
>configures disk device nodes for them.
Frank, the part which says ``run a special userspace utility?''
is a big step *backwards*.
Try inserting an MBR-labelled CF into a USB CF reader. Or inserting
the same CF into an IDE laptop slot, via a CF-to-PCMCIA mechanical adaptor.
You're saying NetBSD users will have to remember to run Bill's special
usespacer utility on each insertion? Before they can even *see*
what's there to mount? I dunno about you, but that strikes me as poor
Now I'm not suggesting we put the whole shebang into the kernel. That
doesn't seem worth it. But putting *everything* (except the minimum
needed to boot) into userspace is, I think, going too far in the other