Re: devfs

linux kernel account (
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 23:59:04 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 18 Jan 1998, Richard Gooch wrote:

> > You're forgetting that someone researched this and reported that "s" and "d"
> > originally stood for "device" and "subdevice", which is more general than
> > partitions or slices and not inherently wrong for fdisk. That's the definition
> > I adopted, not "slice". I still think that /dev/sd/c0b0t0d0 is a reasonable
> > choice for a whole disk and /dev/sd/c0b0t0d0s1 etc for PC style partitions. If
> > we need to incorporate further subdivisions for slices, we can easily extend
> > this to /dev/sd/c0b0t0d0s1.2 to refer to slice 2 within PC partition 1. I
> > think we should retain the convention of referring to logical partitions as
> > subdevices 5..N for compatibility with present Linux systems.
> It does seem inconsistent to have letters delimiting all the other
> parameters except the slices. If you can come up with a different
> letter for "slice" which doesn't sound too contrived, I'd prefer
> that. Right now 's' could be either "subdevice" or "slice". One could
> use 'l' for discLabel, but that looks too much like '1'.
> Regards,
> Richard....

Nope, it's a decmil number!!!