Re: Merging libata PATA support into the base kernel

From: Jan Engelhardt
Date: Thu Aug 10 2006 - 02:21:19 EST

>> This will also allow time for things like "udev" to perhaps think about
>> an option to someday provide /dev/hd* symlinks for PATA devices when
>> libata is used instead of IDE (?). That might be a possible migration
>> path in the far future.
> Unfortunately a symlink won't work because of compatibility issues. /dev/hd
> supports more partitions, and a different set of ioctls.

I think apps should not rely on the name specifying whether a device is
IDE/SCSI. After all, udev names like "/by-id/..." don't tell anything
about device type whatsoever, like "hda"/"sda" do.

Jan Engelhardt
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