Subject: Re: Embedded NetBSD? [was Re: CVS commit: basesrc]
To: Dave Huang , Olaf Seibert <>
From: John Nemeth <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/27/2001 13:36:24
On Feb 12,  3:20am, Dave Huang wrote:
} On Sat, 27 Oct 2001, Olaf Seibert wrote:
} > Can you make a full list of all ``some names like "aux"'' ?
} >
} > No, you can't. It varies, as people on BugTraq have observed. So there
} > will be no end to this name avoiding operation, which makes it pointless
} > and stupid.
} Actually, I can. Well, okay, maybe I personally can't, but it is
} possible to do. The people on BugTraq are concerned about random people
} being able to crash Windows by referencing DOS device names. NetBSD is
} concerned about making it possible to extract the source tree on a
} Windows machine. In BugTraq's case, you have to worry about the standard
} device names, plus any other devices that TSRs may create (but really,
} does anyone still use TSRs?). In NetBSD's case, it's good enough to

     The concept of TSRs has gone out the Window (pun intended);
however, device drivers are free to create additional device names, so
no you can't make an exhaustive list.  The problem that devices can
appear anywhere in the filesystem at random, is actually a vary serious
flaw in NTFS which M$ really needs to correct.

}-- End of excerpt from Dave Huang