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Old 03-12-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
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Keeping peripheral designation constant

I have a computer running Debian Squeeze that contains a mixture of peripherals, two ATA hard discs, a SCSI controller handling an autoloader tape drive, one ide cdrom, a sata dvd writer. I just added a sata disc, and have gotten to the point of frustration. I did not mind when the cdrom and dvd switched designation back and forth between CD1 and CD0 (under grip). The autoloader, is identified either as SG0 or SG5 (when I use lsscsi -g), which causes problems with finding a static configuration for Bacula. Is there a configuration parameter to set that will allow all peripherals to have a standard generic designation so that no configurations have to be constantly changed?

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Old 03-13-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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To create consistent mount points, when plugging in external drives, you can create fstab rules, that use the UUID of the partition, rather than the device node, ie: /dev/sdx.

For consistent naming of the device node, you would need to create/modify the udev rules for that device, and force it to use the required name for the device/s. is a link from the Debian wiki, specifically the "Persistent Device name" section..
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