Re: [PATCH] register_blkdev

Joel Becker (
Sat, 8 Mar 2003 13:41:30 -0800

On Sat, Mar 08, 2003 at 07:43:31PM +0000, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> 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.

Wait, so ugly hacks that steal every remaining major is doing it
'right'? I've done the math with the current available majors. I don't
see 4000 disks there, and that is just life as it exists today, not 2-3
years from now when 2.8 finally appears. Like Andrew asked, please
describe exactly how you'd support it.



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