Debian Bug report logs - #599373
Installing kernel changes hard drive hda to sda, etc.

Package: linux-2.6; Maintainer for linux-2.6 is Debian Kernel Team <debian-kernel@lists.debian.org>;

Reported by: David Lawyer <dave@lafn.org>

Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 23:51:01 UTC

Severity: normal

Done: Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>

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Bug#599373; Package linux-image. (Wed, 06 Oct 2010 23:51:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: David Lawyer <dave@lafn.org>
To: submit@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Installing kernel changes hard drive hda to sda, etc.
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 16:55:57 -0700
Package: linux-image	
Version: 2.6.32-5-486

Installing this updated kernel (my old one was 2.6.30) changed my hard
drive designations in /dev from hdxx to sdxx.  For example hda2 became
sda2.  There was no warning that this was happening.  Now sda2 is
supposed to be a SATA drive and mine are ATA (non-serial) drives.  I
guess they now still work OK but I should have gotten some notice or
explanation of the name change.  Do I need to put the sd notation in
lilo.conf?

The installation recommended that I should use the UUID designation for
harddrives.  I responded OK and now my /etc/fstab table is nearly
impossible to read since the UUID device numbers are so long that they
take up almost an entire line on the screen, so other data on the
line wraps over to the next line.  Can they be replaced with sd.. ?
I manually modify the /etc/fstab table from time to time and need to
keep it simple like it was before it was messed up with long UUIDs.

			David Lawyer




Bug reassigned from package 'linux-image' to 'linux-2.6'. Request was from Martin Michlmayr <tbm@cyrius.com> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Thu, 07 Oct 2010 02:48:06 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Bug No longer marked as found in versions 2.6.32-5-486. Request was from Martin Michlmayr <tbm@cyrius.com> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Thu, 07 Oct 2010 02:48:07 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #14 received at 599373-done@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk>
To: 599373-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#599373: Installing kernel changes hard drive hda to sda, etc.
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 03:50:09 +0100
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On Wed, 2010-10-06 at 16:55 -0700, David Lawyer wrote:
> Package: linux-image	
> Version: 2.6.32-5-486
> 
> Installing this updated kernel (my old one was 2.6.30) changed my hard
> drive designations in /dev from hdxx to sdxx.  For example hda2 became
> sda2.  There was no warning that this was happening.
[...]

This is not true.  There is a clear notice during the upgrade that
device names will change.

> The installation recommended that I should use the UUID designation for
> harddrives.  I responded OK and now my /etc/fstab table is nearly
> impossible to read since the UUID device numbers are so long that they
> take up almost an entire line on the screen, so other data on the
> line wraps over to the next line.  Can they be replaced with sd.. ?
[...]

We recommend that you avoid doing that, since these device names can
change if you add a USB storage device, which will also be treated as a
SCSI disk.

Ben.

-- 
Ben Hutchings
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.
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Bug archived. Request was from Debbugs Internal Request <owner@bugs.debian.org> to internal_control@bugs.debian.org. (Thu, 04 Nov 2010 07:35:31 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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