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Re: OCD programmers and backwards compatibility :-).

Alan wrote:
How do you make that happen as the devices are autodetected? I'd much prefer to have things identified by controller/drive/lun where applicable than to have
everything jump around when a new device appears and happens to be
detected first.

That is all handled by udev on a current Fedora distribution. Older
systems keep a /dev on disk and the mapping is up to the user. Newer
systems its dynamic because hardware is more dynamic nowdays.

Is it documented somewhere how to make this use sysvr4/solaris style names
for scsi devices? I can understand why something like USB/firewire drives
might need  dynamic names , but I don't see why anyone would want throw
things that need dynamic names into the same pool with things that don't.
Why not just call all your devices device01, device02, etc. whether it's a
disk or not if you don't care about being able to associate something physical
with any particular one?

In other words they didn't care how much of how many people's time they wasted.

It would move anyway to /usr/X11R7. So why not fix the historic oddity
that X lives in its own space which makes it messy to share over NFS and
The real names and locations don't matter as long as the distro includes the symlinks for backwards compatibility. I've forgotten how this was handled in the R5->R6 switch but I thought old things continued to work (maybe it was possible to have copies of both versions installed) . In the RH/fedora mindset, I'd expect this to be a separate 'compatibility' RPM containing the whole R6 if the new version isn't backwards compatible and symlinks if
it is.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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