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Re: Linux is not about choice [was Re: Fedora too cutting edge?]

Les Mikesell wrote:
Andrew Farris wrote:
Anaconda should have handled changing your configuration change in /etc/fstab for you at install if all your partitions were labeled.

When does anaconda run? I want to be able to install an OS, then add disks or move them. Right now a machine by my desktop has 2 scsi and 8 sata drives in hot-swap bays plus an assortment of pluggable firewire and USB external drives, and only the scsi pair were installed when anaconda ran. I'd much, much prefer that the raw devices for the swappable bays always had fixed device names for the drive inserted by position regardless of insertion order but I realize that's not likely to happen, so I'll settle for a reasonable description of how to figure out the right name for a newly inserted drive with the understanding that it may not have a filesystem lable and I may not want to mount it. At the moment, the most likely thing I'd want to do is add a partition from a newly inserted disk to an existing md array, but at some point in the setup (and not while anaconda is running...) it is necessary to partition and build the arrays out of a bunch of disks that mostly look the same. Is fedora suitable for jobs like this?

Well in that particular situation where you know when the disk is inserted and you can do them one at a time it should be easily determined which device nodes are assigned just by 'tail -F /var/log/messages' prior to the disk insertion. I'd agree thats not exactly as elegant as the assumption that the device will consistently be assigned a certain device node but it works. When the disk is inserted the kernel messages very clearly identify it if a usable disk is found whether it is partitioned or not.

You can also just look into /dev/disk/by-id for links that give you the device if you know which id is which (and if only one of the disks inserted doesn't have partitions you know which it is immediately). /dev/disk/by-path even tells you the controller you're connected to for each device node (with the caviat that it calls them all scsi, but primary controller to secondary controller should still make sense). That gives you all you should need to handle those disk management jobs...

If thats still just not how you want it to be, thats understandable I suppose.

Andrew Farris <lordmorgul gmail com> <ajfarris gmail com>
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