Re: [PATCH] register_blkdev

H. Peter Anvin (
8 Mar 2003 13:26:37 -0800

Followup to: <>
By author: Christoph Hellwig <>
In newsgroup:
> So people should have started working on it sooner. If people really think
> they need a 32bit dev_t for their $BIGNUM of disks (and I still don't buy
> that argument) we should just introduce it and use it only for block devices
> (which already are fixed up for this) and stay with the old 8+8 split for
> character devices. Note that Linux is about doing stuff right, not fast.

We need it if anything even more for character devices. Character
devices are under even more allocation pressure, and just look at the
ugly hacks we've already had to play for e.g. tty devices.


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