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Re: address@hidden: Bug#172662: libparted1.6-0: please don't call sgi di

From: Ralf Baechle
Subject: Re: address@hidden: Bug#172662: libparted1.6-0: please don't call sgi disklabels mips disklabels]
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 01:22:58 +0100
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On Sat, Dec 14, 2002 at 08:31:48AM +1100, Andrew Clausen wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 13, 2002 at 01:55:31AM +0100, Ralf Baechle wrote:
> > There's other non-SGI systems also using this DVH thing, so I suggest
> > to call it "Disk Volume Header" and not attribute it to any company.
> Are there many of these systems?  Do all users of these systems
> believe they are related to sgi?

Definately not.  The operating systems I know of using DVH are IRIX, Risc/OS,
Tandem's UNIX, whatev it's name was again, Sinix, DEC Ultrix (They seem to
support to styles of partition, DVH and the actual BSD 4.2 label.  No idea
why the DVH stuff is there, some modern BSD flavours, including the current
ones.  Oh yes, the Linux XFS tools know about the dvh also.

It's a little known but IRIX and Risc/OS have been licensed to other
companies, serving also as embedded OSes under different names.

> Basically, I think a name that seems "obvious" to users (as opposed to
> "correct") is more user-friendly.  Would "sgi" create any confusion?

For anybody not using an SGI system I bet.

Frankly, the whole discussion looks to me like the attempt to declare a
mistake the real thing.  Somebody named the thing more than a decade ago,
somebody clueless else missnamed it and now your try to declare the mess
the real thing.


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