Re: [RFC PATCH] block: Add new generic block device naming interface

From: Hannes Reinecke
Date: Mon Apr 29 2013 - 10:56:45 EST

On 04/26/2013 09:03 PM, Tejun Heo wrote:
> hey,
> On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 05:12:20PM -0500, scameron@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> It looks like these are called from a function called init_device_map()
>> that is called from grub_stage2() at least in the version of grub I looked
>> at (0.97, from rhel6).
>> So my assumption is that adding a new block driver with yet another name space
>> would require adding another bit of code into grub like those above. When I
>> asked about "best practices" for new block driver device names on the grub devel
>> mailing list to minimize required changes to grub, nobody argued against that
>> assumption.
> I think we kinda need to get down to the root cause of the issue.
> Nothing against giving common names to devices in itself but there's a
> non-insigificant chance that we end up with something half-way if the
> original problem isn't properly understodd.
Oh, the problem _is_ well understood.

It's the design of grub :-)

grub requires you to re-implement _every_ device naming scheme which
is present in the kernel.
And no, you cannot use the kernel itself as grub is run _prior_ to
the kernel.

As there is no common naming scheme for block devices each and
every block device driver has implemented it own.
So grub need to re-implement each and every device naming
for these drivers.
The approach from Stephen would solve that.


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