Subject: Re: /dev/zero
To: Greywolf <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/05/1999 13:04:00
Greywolf wrote:

> I seem to remember reading somewhere that the only reason for /dev/zero
> to exist is so that stuff under /emul/sunos will work.  I have found
> another use for it:  To use via dd for generating files which I can
> then vnconfig.

Indeed, that's exactly how the tools under /usr/src/distrib generate

> Is our intent to deprecate /dev/zero?  If so, what is the "canonical"
> way to generate empty files for vnconfig(8)ing?

I hadn't heard anything like this (deprecating /dev/zero).