Re: [PATCH] 2.5.29 IDE 110

From: Adam J. Richter (
Date: Thu Aug 01 2002 - 12:37:55 EST

>On 1 Aug 02 at 2:40, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
>> - Eliminate support for "sector remapping". loop devices can handle
>> stuff like that. All the custom DOS high system memmory loaded
>> BIOS workaround tricks are obsolete right now. If anywhere it should
>> be the FAT filesystem code which should be clever enough to deal with
>> it by adjusting it's read/write methods.
>Hi Marcin,
> I'm using this on one system here - it has BIOS without LBA32, and
>without support for >30GB disks, but I needed to put large disk with
>already existing system to it, and using some disk manager was only
>choice (EZDrive, using 0_to_1 remap)... I know that 0_to_1 remap
>is broken for nr_sectors > 1, but it is hard to use loop device if
>system does not come up without boot manager at all.
> Best regards,
> Petr Vandrovec

        You might want to examine:

        This script builds an initial ramdisk that then switches to
another root (which you can also pass via a lilo command line argument
"root2=/dev/...."). It supports setting up /dev/loop devices for
encrypted root partitions, and you should be able to adapt it use
/dev/loop/nnn for non-encrypted roots.

        Note that I am not arguing whether the "sector remapping" code
should stay or go. I don't know enough about that right now to have
an opinion.

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