Subject: RE: Possible new device name
To: '' <>
From: Bill Rees <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 01/20/1997 22:32:08
Why not just call it par? 

>Sent: 	Monday, January 20, 1997 10:10 PM
>Cc:; tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG
>Subject: 	Re: Possible new device name
>According to Jason Thorpe:
>>On Mon, 20 Jan 1997 18:17:33 -0800 (PST) 
>> Jeremy Cooper <> wrote:
>> > In SunOS, the driver is named 'pp', short for 'parallel port'.  If
>> > possible, I'd like to use that name to help avoid confusion among new
>> > users of NetBSD.  However, I can see where 'pp' might be a possible
>> > conflict with other common devices in the future, given that its name is
>> > so short. Does anyone have any objections?
>>"pp" seems OK with me... I'm not aware of any other devices of that name
>>in the tree... The historical name of that device is "lpt", of course,
>>but as per a thread on another list, that can also be a misleading
>>name, since there are many more things that plug into parallel ports
>>these days.
>Just a bit of a nit-pick here, from all the Suns I have dealt with the
>device name for the parallel port is "bpp" (for bidirectional parallel
>port) instead of "pp".
>BTW if we had a ppp that ran over the bpp would that be bppppp??? ;-)
>Brett Lymn, Computer Systems Administrator, AWA Defence Industries
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