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Re: Mangled struct hd_driveid with MIPSEB.

To: Carsten Langgaard <>
Subject: Re: Mangled struct hd_driveid with MIPSEB.
From: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 10:39:16 +0200 (MEST)
Cc: Ken Aaker <>, Linux/MIPS Development <>
In-reply-to: <>
On Thu, 16 May 2002, Carsten Langgaard wrote:
> I send Ralf a fix a couple of weeks ago, which introduced the byteswapping,
> which really is necessary.
> This fix is probably only necessary for bigendian systems with large IDE
> disks (>8GB), which support LBA mode.
> I send this patch over a year ago. I discovered that when I ran on a disk,
> which was larger than 8GB, it was only treated as 8GB.
> The problem with the fix is, it is not backward compatible. After the fix
> I needed to reinstall my bigendian system.
> As I told Ralf, this fix will be a pain for everyone, but I guess we need
> the fix eventually.

Why would you have to reinstall the system?
Isn't this just a problem with ide_fix_driveid() (new field for disks larger
than 8 GiB, which we don't byteswap yet)?



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 --

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when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
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