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I would like to checkout Arch Linux, but I am bit confused with the whole disk naming thing. I would like to install on /dev/hdb5 but Arch obviously names disks differently, so can you point me into the right direction.
Just a quick question re devfs and udev. I'm running udev with the current 2.6 kernel. Why is that my devices are in the /dev/discs/disc...... format? Is there a trick to get them into the /dev/hda...... format we're all used to? - presumably I have to change the udev rules or something.
Well, for some reason it won't install on that particular partition, I get an error that the installer could not mount /mnt. It will however install on /dev/hda1, but thats where my main distro is, so I can't overwrite that. I will have to try on another machine some other time.
Originally posted by dcdbutler Just a quick question re devfs and udev. I'm running udev with the current 2.6 kernel. Why is that my devices are in the /dev/discs/disc...... format? Is there a trick to get them into the /dev/hda...... format we're all used to? - presumably I have to change the udev rules or something.
Is devfsd installed? If so, then Arch will use that in preference to udev. Try running pacman -Q devfsd . If it gives you a version number, then it's installed and you aren't using udev.
If you don't have devfsd, then you may still have the /dev/discs/whatever structure, but all the devices should just be symlinks to the proper /dev/hd* devices. You can get rid of them altogether by disabling an option in the kernel (although there may be a way to do it with udev), but I wouldn't recommend it.
I don't think that's necessary as long as you never install devfsd. The relevant part of /etc/rc.sysinit :
if [ -e /dev/.devfsd -a -x /sbin/devfsd ]; then
# Looks like devfs is running, use it
status "Starting DevFS Daemon" /sbin/devfsd /dev
elif [ -x /etc/start_udev -a -d /sys/block ]; then
# We have a start_udev script and /sys appears to be mounted, use UDev
status "Starting UDev Daemon" /etc/start_udev
# Static /dev, our last resort
status "Using static /dev filesystem" /bin/true
If you haven't installed devfsd, then the first condition will be false, and udev will be used instead.
Last edited by AxelFendersson; 04-04-2005 at 08:50 AM.