Re: [PATCH] pdc20265 problem.

From: Petr Vandrovec (
Date: Wed Aug 07 2002 - 05:20:43 EST

On 7 Aug 02 at 0:54, Adam J. Richter wrote:
> Nick Orlov writes:
> >But wouldn't it be a cleaner solution if we will have _compile_ time
> >option that by default is turned on in order to handle rare cases,
> >and _can_ be turned off in order to handle _most_ cases without any
> >boot-time options?
> Linux users in the "I'm not a sysadmin" crowd (?) probably
> don't care about the scan order of the pdc20265 IDE controller,
> but people in the "I'm a sysadmin, not a programmer" crowd
> may have legitimiate reasons to.

But such "I'm not a sysadmin" people will be very surprised that their
promise was IDE2 in 2.2.x, it was IDE2 in 2.4.18, it is IDE2 in 2.5.30,
and now - oops - it is IDE0 in 2.4.19. Broken, I'd say.

There is an CONFIG_BLK_DEV_OFFBOARD option (apparently unused...),
so use this one, if some distribution must force ide0= to promise
if their installer cannot find master disk on /dev/hde. But changing
behavior for no reason - especially in the middle of stable series -
is IMHO unacceptable.

Fortunately I use 2.5.30's IDE for real work ;-)
                                                Petr Vandrovec
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