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Re: Rant on LABELs



On Sun, 2004-09-26 at 10:14, Marius Andreiana wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-09-25 at 16:06 +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> > Just got caught again by this LABEL nonsense.
> > I was mounting my laptop hard disk on my desktop -
> > both running Fedora-
> > and the whole thing was thrown into confusion
> > because there were two partitions LABELed "/",
> > on my desktop hard disk and on the laptop hard disk.
> > 
> > I had to start again in single mode,
> > and change all the entries in /etc/fstab and /etc/grub.conf .
> That's a common problem when adding hdd's with other fedora installs.
> 
> How about generating a random integer at install time, and use it to
> label partitions like
> /_5643
> /home_5643
> /boot_5643
> ...
> and reference these in fstab / grub.conf? Could this create problems?

Well, volume labels can only be 16 characters long on ext2/ext3
filesystems which basically clashes with the requirement that you'd need
to ensure that the random number would be virtually unique which means
long numbers ;-).

Nils
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