new hfstools command : hdisk?

Justin "Rhys Thuryn" McNutt
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 08:32:20 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 31 Jul 1996, Stefan Reinauer wrote:

> Justin "Rhys Thuryn" McNutt wrote:
> > They don't need to be implemented anywhere.  The partitions are named when
> > you name the device files, which could be named anything you want.  I
> > could make /dev/harddrive1 point to device 8, 0 (/dev/sda normally).  If
> > the utilities that manipulate device are written correctly (fdisk), the
> > partitions should show up as:
> Yes, it should show up as this. But only, if the Kernel (Or mk) can
> understand the way how partitions are written to disk. (Partition Tabke
> Format). I came in contact with this stuff, when I tried to use a
> RDB-Harddisk from an Amiga 68k in my P100 System. Linux recognized
> /dev/hdc but not /dev/hdc1,hdc2,hdc3.

Granted, but that doesn't have anything to do with the *names*.  My point
was that although ~100% of Linux machines follow the
/dev/{s,d}d[a-h][1-16] scheme for hard drives, this isn't mandatory.  I
could name them anything I want, and as long as the device works in the
first place, it will continue to work with the new name.

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