Difference between IDE and SCSI ??

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 16:45:41 UTC 2008

William Case wrote:
> Thanks to everyone for your help and explanations;
> I particularly would like to thank Les, Markku, and Lamar.
> On Tue, 2008-02-05 at 14:59 -0500, William Case wrote:
>> Thank you Lamar;
> [big snip]
> I have found the biggest irony in learning all things Linux is that the
> hard things to learn are easy, while the easy things are hard.
> What I mean is that, a learner can find lots of information about the
> intricacies of the Linux OS and the hardware used by it.  Most often
> hardest to solve are the newbie questions like the conventions regarding
> naming hard disks.  Once you have the latter, the former easily falls in
> place.

The problem is that this is a rapidly moving target and old 
documentation never goes away.  A few kernel revs back your IDE devices 
would have been named /dev/hdX with fixed controller/drive select 
mapping to a/b/c/d for the X.  Now everything gets named dynamically in 
the order detected.   I think the idea is to accommodate hotplug devices 
more cleanly, but it comes at the expense of making the devices that 
could have predictable names as confusing as the ones that can't.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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