Re: [PATCH] 2.5.14 IDE 56

From: Kai Henningsen (
Date: Tue May 07 2002 - 13:29:00 EST (Linus Torvalds) wrote on 07.05.02 in <>:

> On Tue, 7 May 2002, Padraig Brady wrote:
> >
> > All the info I've ever needed is /proc/ide/hdx/capacity
> > which I could get from /proc/partitions with more a bit
> > more effort, so I vote for removing /proc/ide.
> Note that one thing that we might do is to leave the remnants of /proc/ide
> but _without_ the very verbose per-chipset reporting.
> At least to me it looks like it's all the chipset reporting that causes
> the huge kernel bloat, and it shouldn't be impossible to reinstate a
> minimal /proc/ide without those parts - while still keeping most of the
> backwards compatibility.

What I'd like to see - in whatever exact form - is the IDE equivalent to
/proc/scsi/scsi. (And in fact, the SCSI version could use addition of at
least the disk size and the sdX mapping.)

It's rather useful for getting a quick overview of what's on a system, and

Incidentally, is there a compelling reason why block device boot messages
are all different?

> However, since I really don't much like the idea of having special
> "ide-only" /proc files, I personally think any information people actually
> used should be either in truly generic files (/proc/partitions as an
> example), _or_ they should be in the generic device tree (talk to Pat
> Mochel about that).

/proc/bus/ide or something like that? Sure, why not? Exact place is pretty
much irrelevant except to legacy code.

MfG Kai
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