# /dev/sda1 UUID=b099f554-db0b-45d4-843e-0d6a1c43ba44 /home ext3 defaults 0 2Yes, UUIDs are long and unattractive. But they are unique, so no matter what udev or anything else on your system tries to do with them, they will always be the same. How do you know what the UUID is?
# vol_id -u /dev/sda1 b099f554-db0b-45d4-843e-0d6a1c43ba445
On Fedora it's /lib/udev/vol_id.
Another option is to use filesystem labels. Red Hat, Fedora, and all of their extended family like to use them. Labels are quick and easy to create or change. An entry in /etc/fstab looks like this:
LABEL=/1 / ext3 defaults 1 1vol_id --export [device name] displays complete information, including labels. Where does this label come from? Fedora creates it at installation. To create or change filesystem labels, you need to use a command specific to your filesystem. e2label is for Ext3. For ReiserFS, use reiserfstune, and you must unmount the filesystem first. On XFS use xfs_admin, and for JFS you need jfs_tune. For FAT filesystems use mlabel, which is part of mtools.
With libata, how do you know which of your PATA drives are masters or slaves, and on which IDE controller? Just look at the output of dmesg|grep ata, and then use this table to figure out what's what:
ata1.00 primary master ata1.01 primary slave ata2.00 secondary master ata2.01 secondary slavedmesg also tells you if the kernel sees your PATA and ATAPI drives as hd or sd. Run dmesg|grep '[s|h]d[a-z]' to find out.