DNS-like idea for SCSI (NIS+ maybe)
What about having something like DNS, so that users
could name their SCSI devices? I see that www.sun.com
is really 22.214.171.124, but my web browser doesn't
make me type that in. There's no "mozilla -scanweb" to
spit out IP addresses. I just use www.sun.com, which
is much easier to remember. It's also good for Sun,
since they can change the machine used for www.sun.com
without having to disable the old box.
Am I mistaken? Do you always type in the numbers?
If you don't, please try it for a week.
We do the same thing for usernames. You type "schilling"
to login, don't you? I doubt you type your UID number.
It's nice to be able to have the same account name
on different systems, even when you can't get the
exact same UID number.
Sun tends to use NIS+ for this sort of thing. So on a
Solaris box, you might use NIS+ to name the SCSI devices.
For Windows, maybe Active Directory would be right.
Linux doesn't use those mostly, but it does have a
udev program that creates funny-acting "files" in the
/dev directory that could be used to refer to devices.