Subject: Re: vnconfig is broken (was: vnd is broken?)
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.org>
From: Peter Seebach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/10/2005 16:08:59
>Make sure you don't have a file called vnd0 or vnd0d in the current directory.
This seems sorta crazy. I would assume that the sane default would be to
assume that I want a device, and the system knows where devices come from.
Having vnconfig check . is like having the shell check for a file called
"./stdout" if I type "2>&1". If I want to specify a file in the current
directory, I can.
This behavior makes the by-far-most-common case unpredictable. That seems
bad. The Principle of Least Astonishment dictates that devices should be
taken from /dev by default.
Compare with, say, opendisk(3).