Subject: Re: misc/17774: no manpage documents major/minor device numbers
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: M Loeffler <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 07/31/2002 08:01:59
David Maxwell wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 30, 2002 at 09:34:36PM -0700, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
>>On Tue, 30 Jul 2002 wrote:


> SCO Xenix had such documentation, but I don't have a system running
> anymore to get a copy of it. This desire was raised by
> (Martin Loeffler), so he can comment further on how such a manpage is
> useful.

As I was about to say to David in another email - I was dealing with
external tape drives with little / no documentation and the floppies
with the original driver software had been lost. As I recall (it's
been a few years .. ) there were entries in SCO's documentation for
generic tape drives with the same geometry. A quick mknod and the
drives were working just fine with the generic entries. Did the original
disks contain anything more than a shell script with mknod? Maybe not,
but the point remains that the documentation was of help. On a personal
note, my opinion is that complete system documentation can't be anything
but useful, eventually.