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[dm-devel] What is the deal with the partition separator?



It used to be that partitions device names just had a digit added on to the base disk device name. It seems that this became problematic at some point with device mapper and oddly named disks, and there have been several responses to it:

1) dmraid and (lib)parted now always add a 'p' between the base name and the partition number

2) kpartx from multipath-tools adds the 'p' only if the base name ends in a digit

3) Debian and Ubuntu's udev and init scripts tell kpartx to use 'part' instead of just 'p'.

4) gparted now explicitly tells dmraid to not use any character so that it behaves like older versions and is therefore compatible with the kpartx method that gparted has adopted, at least when the base name does not end with a digit.

Each of these components needs to agree on what the correct name is or chaos ensues. I would like to discuss the merits of each and try to decide on a standard.

Having thought about it for a moment, it seems to me that deciding on always adding the 'p' is the way to go, since the 'art' just makes things longer for no good reason, and if you only sometimes add the 'p' then you can't tell if a device name that ends in a digit that does not follow a 'p' is a whole disk, or a partition.


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