disk name change hda/sda between install and runtime kernel

Henning Sprang henning at sprang.de
Sun May 17 16:12:10 CEST 2009

If I remember correctly, due to the change that IDE disks will also be
access by sd* device names in some recent kernel version, I have the
problem that when installing a host that is using a 2.6.28 Kernel
(Ubuntu, but it probably would be the same with a custom kernel), after
rebooting the installed system does not find the disks to mount from
fstab because there we have "hda" but there is only sda.

That all happens with a partitioning with setup storage from FAI 3.2.16
on a Lenny install server.

I'm now tempted to just quickly write a hook(/hack) that replaces hda
with sda at the very end of the install - but there might be some better


Henning Sprang
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