Re: [PATCH] print_dev_t for 2.6.0-test1-mm

From: Joel Becker (
Date: Thu Jul 17 2003 - 17:43:08 EST

On Fri, Jul 18, 2003 at 12:24:51AM +0200, Andries Brouwer wrote:
> Premise: some filesystems or archives store 32 bits.
> Conclusion: we must be able to handle that.
> This is unrelated to the kernel, unrelated to system calls,
> it is related to <sys/sysmacros.h>.

        How does linux handle that today? IIRC, it ignores the high
16bits and treats that 32bit number as 8:8. That is what happens today,
for every filesystem, whether it stores 32 or 16 bits.
        Why expand that? We can continue to treat 32bit numbers (eg,
from NFSv2) as 16bit numbers.



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