On 2012-09-03 17:16, PattiMichelle wrote:

> You know, it seems to me this used to be taken care of in the BIOS.
> The boot order, or even the order you plugged the drives in. But I can
> live with editing those three files if it saves problems with other
> aspects of drives.


I have a computer where my linux is usually in sda (I have four internal HDs there). If I plug in an
external hard disk via eSATA, it becomes sde. All as expected. However, if I hibernate with that
disk connected, or reboot, then the external disk becomes sda!

The system would simply not work if I insisted on using /dev/sdX names.

>
> ..but I'm serious - opensuse needs (1) a bootloader fixer (windoz has
> one and OS used to)


True.

> and (2) a "fixer" for those three files. Maybe disk
> crashes are just so uncommon that nobody cares? My main problem is that
> I do so many things that each system becomes custom unto itself and I
> forget how I got it that way (could be senile dementia onset...). So
> it's not as simple as copying and restoring data or the /home partition.


You can clone disks if you use uuid or labels, they don't change.

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Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 "Celadon" (Minas Tirith))