Subject: Re: libahdi [Re: CVS commit: basesrc]
To: Julian Coleman <J.D.Coleman@newcastle.ac.uk>
From: David Brownlee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/07/2000 15:21:49
On Mon, 7 Feb 2000, Julian Coleman wrote:
> [- adding libahdi, library for atari disklabels, enabled on atari only -]
> OK, I admit I didn't discuss it first. Should I remove it?
It will probably be best to have a more generic disklabel library,
in which case you'll need to rename/remove it.
> The library is a set of routines to handle the Atari native disk layout. I
> put the routines in a library as I want (at least) sysinst and a user-land
> utility to be able to use the routines. It seemed sensible to use a library
> rather than duplicate the code. Perhaps I should just duplicate the code?
A library seems a very good place for this - but one library per
disklabel format seems... suboptimal.
> I thought that the library should go in /usr, which is where all the other
> libraries go. Should it be installed somewhere else instead? The makefile
> only installs the library for the Atari, but the manual pages on all
> architectures. If we want a unified m68k /usr, then the library must be
> installed for all m68k machines if it is installed on any one of them?
If it is decided to have a library for this, it should be
installed at a bare minimum on all ports of a given MACHINE_ARCH,
and ideally on all ports. (in /usr, with manpages).
> >From vague mumblings that it would be useful to have user-land utilities that
> are able to read other ports' disks, would it be better to turn this into a
> more general set of routines to do this? I can do this for Atari and Sun
> (I don't have any other machines to test). Libdisklabel? Libahdi does use
> a header file specific to port-atari at the moment. If a library to handle
> all the native disk labels would be useful, all the machine-dependent
> headers describing disk labels will need to be installed for all ports.
I think this would be an excellent idea - including moving
disklabel describing headers into an MI location.
You may also want to look at pulling in mbrlabel.
> PS. A more appropriate mailing list would be ... tech-userlevel?
Seems very reasonable - have cc'ed this, and set reply-to: :)