Re: [PATCH] register_blkdev

Greg KH (
Sat, 8 Mar 2003 11:37:22 -0800

On Sat, Mar 08, 2003 at 03:11:42PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sat, 2003-03-08 at 00:50, Greg KH wrote:
> > > So we need a maxminors flag in the register for 2.6 I guess ?
> >
> > Do you mean to only increase the number of majors, and not minors then?
> How about an interface that looks like
> register_chr_device(blah. blah, MY_MAX_MINOR);
> and we can delete all the if < 0 || >= MAX return logic from the drivers
> as we go. Right now each driver checks and several in the past had off
> by one errors.

That's a good start, but why not change that to a simple,
HOW_MANY_MINORS_I_WANT, which will work the same way now, but allow us
to change to a pure dynamic major/minor allocation scheme in the future
by only modifying the register_chr_device() code. Same thing for

Although if we increase the width of dev_t then a need for dynamic
major/minors is pretty much gone...


greg k-h
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