raw device in Linux


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raw device in Linux

Hello group,

Is it possible to use partition on a disk as a raw device? I have a LUN on a SAN which I would like to partition and use those partitions as raw device.

If it is feasable, how do I bind them to a device?

For example, say sdd has 3 partitions on it, sdd1, sdd2 and sdd3. Can I bind them in the following manner:

raw /dev/raw/raw1 /dev/sdd1
raw /dev/raw/raw2 /dev/sdd2
raw /dev/raw/raw3 /dev/sdd3


Thanks in advance,
Bernard
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Use them directly as /dev/sdd1. These ARE the raw devices (Linux doesn't make a distinction between "raw" block device and anything else.) If you want to access the entire device, sans partitions, just access /dev/sdd. If you want to RENAME the devices, that's okay too, but better yet, use "mknod" to reproduce links to those devices, (or just create softlinks to the /dev/ entries).
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