> > There are two schools of thought here.  One says "you should try very 
> > hard to find a root device", the other says "you should boot only from 
> > the exactly correct root device and complain otherwise".  I took the 
> > first approach because its advocates shouted more loudly than those of 
> > the second.
> > 
> > Would a louder warning message be enough of a compromised?
> Actually, no. I think very strongly that you shouldn't always look that hard
> automatically- you should look hard to find reasonable choices (you could say,
> da2, 7 and 9 have what *appear* to be filesystems I can use)- but you
> shouldn't just launch onto them- vital customer data corruption can result.

It doesn't even try that hard; on the Alpha, we try the entry from 
/etc/fstab, and if that fails, we try da0.  The only less-aggressive 
option is to not try da0.

> This might also be the source of the 'going nowhere without my init' install
> failures that so plague alphas?

No, these are caused by sysinstall (probably libdisk) exiting without 
a useful diagnostic.

... every activity meets with opposition, everyone who acts has his
rivals and unfortunately opponents also.  But not because people want
to be opponents, rather because the tasks and relationships force
people to take different points of view.  [Dr. Fritz Todt]
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