Re: [PATCH] 2.5.14 IDE 56

From: Roman Zippel (
Date: Tue May 07 2002 - 18:54:54 EST


On Tue, 7 May 2002, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> Also, you obviously haven't thought it through AT ALL. Hint: partitions.
> If you have /dev/hda1, that _cannot_ be a symlink to the physical tree,
> because on a physical level that partition DOES NOT EXIST. It's purely a
> virtual mapping.
> Yet clearly there _is_ a mapping from /dev/hda1 onto the physical device
> in question, and clearly it _is_ a meaninful operation to operate on the
> physical device underlying /dev/hda1.
> So if you want to have a sane interface, you need to have a way to look up
> the physical device that underlies /dev/hda1.
> Yet it clearly cannot be a symlink.
> QED.

Somehow I expect Al to step in with something like:

mount -t partfs /devfs/bus/... /dev/hda


bye, Roman

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