Re: Dont understand hdc=ide-scsi behaviour.

From: Miles Lane (
Date: Fri Sep 20 2002 - 09:46:19 EST

On Thu, 2002-09-19 at 23:46, Brad Hards wrote:
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> On Fri, 20 Sep 2002 07:08, Reg Clemens wrote:
> > I dont understand the behaviour of kernel 2.4.18 (and probably all others)
> > when I put the line
> > hdc=ide-scsi
> > on the load line.
> >
> > I would EXPECT to get the ide-scsi driver for hdc (my cdwriter) but instead
> > get it for BOTH hdc and hdd, the cdwriter and the zip drive.
> >
> > After starting this way (with hdc=ide-scsi), I find that
> > /dev/cdrom2 -> /dev/scd0
> > and that to access the zip drive I have to use /dev/sda1 (or /dev/sda4)
> There are two slightly different things happening, I think.
> 1. When you say hdc=ide-scsi, you are telling the IDE system that you don't
> want to use the normal IDE interfaces to userland (such as ide-cdrom), but
> instead want all access to this device to be accessed through the SCSI
> midlayer (and associated SCSI interfaces, like the sg and scd drivers). So
> ide-scsi becomes the driver, instead of ide-cdrom. You should be able to see
> this in /proc/ide/hdc/driver
> 2. ide-scsi is greedy, and will grab any IDE device without a driver. ATAPI
> floppy devices (hopefully) like your zip drive need the IDE floppy device
> driver, which is probably not loaded. What does CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDEFLOPPY
> equal in your kernel config?
> > I would EXPECT to get to them via /dev/hdd1 or /dev/hdd4.
> And you will, with the right driver loaded :-)
> > Did I miss something or is this a bug????
> If you load ide-floppy before ide-scsi, and it still doesn't work, then there
> is a bug.

Well, aren't things going to get even more confusing when we
try to support devices like the Lacie DVD/CD Rewritable
combo drive? Are we going to do a better job of simply making
all usable interfaces available, so we no longer need to switch
between drivers or twiddle driver load order?


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