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Re: RFC: Don't label filesystems

On Sun, 2008-03-16 at 07:25 +0900, John Summerfield wrote:
> Jesse Keating wrote:
> > On Sat, 2008-03-15 at 11:21 -0400, G.Wolfe Woodbury wrote:
> >> But it's not "user friendly" in that it has no meaning that the user can
> >> associate to the contents.
> > 
> > Thinking that "/dev/sda1" or "LABEL=/root" has any real meaning is just
> > false anyway.  It sometimes works, just by happy accident.  But if
> > you're mixing machines or cloning things it'll go wrong.
> It used to be that /dev/hda1 and /dev/sda1 had defined meanings. IMV 
> moving away from that was a mistake.

Good luck convincing kernel folks of that :-)

> We who generally can attach four disks (USB, firewire aside) don't have 
> a problem knowing which drive is which: it's it is _the_ drive, or we 
> plugged in another and know which is which, or we can pop the top off 
> and have a look.

Most hardware has supported more than four internal disks for many years
now.  Multiple controllers were pretty common at which point guessing
which is the "first" isn't just a matter of popping the top off and
taking a look.  With SATA, this is taken even further as the whole
concept of master and slaves is gone and you can just have chains of


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