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Re: Bug#62699: cdparanoia should check/create the /dev/sg* devices that it requires.

"Alan W. Irwin" <irwin@beluga.phys.uvic.ca> writes:

> Package: cdparanoia
> Version: 3a9.7-2
> Severity: wishlist
> The cdparanoia install should check that the /dev/sg* devices that it
> requires are available with proper ownership (root.cdrom) and
> permissions.

[Cced to debian-devel to see if others have input.  I'm not currently
subscribed to debian-devel so I'd appreciate replies Cced back to me.]

This is an interesting idea.  I would like to point out, however, that
the /dev/sg devices are only required if you're using a SCSI cdrom drive
or SCSI emulation on an IDE drive.  I used cdparanoia for several years
with /dev/hd? devices and it worked OK.  (Using SCSI emulation does work
better though.)  I don't see any harm in creating those devices,
although changing the ownership if they exist might be a little shady.
Also, there could be other SCSI devices the "cdrom" group shouldn't have
access to.

Some other concerns:
1) I don't have any idea what infrastructure already exists for such a
feature.  Are there special Debian install tools dealing with the
creation of devices?

2) Linux 2.4 is just around the corner.  It contains Richard Gooch's
"devfs" which I think makes the whole issue of "/dev" go away.  I
haven't played with it yet to be sure how it works though.

Anyways, thanks for the idea.

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