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Re: partition minor numbering wrong with GPT

From: Richard Hirst
Subject: Re: partition minor numbering wrong with GPT
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 23:37:04 +0000
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On Wed, Mar 20, 2002 at 09:41:15AM +1100, Andrew Clausen wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 10:05:57PM +0000, Richard Hirst wrote:
> > I suppose it depends on how other OSes work; if some other OS decides to
> > create an entry using a high numbered slot, we wouldn't be able to
> > access it from linux, if we change the kernel.
> Is this likely?

No idea; most people number their PCI busses from 0, then HP came along
and spread theirs out over the available range of 256 values.  These
things happen.  Maybe someone will decide that leaving gaps is a good
idea, so that they can split partitions and keep keep table entry order
the same as partition order on the disk.  Or MS might decide it's a good
way to screw up other OSes ;-)

> Anyway, aren't we going to get more minors?

So I've heard, but I don't know when that will appear in distros.

I don't feel very strongly either way, but if we are going to change the
kernel I need to fix debian boot-floppies to match.


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