Subject: Re: 32 bit dev_t, Revision 2
To: None <tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 01/11/1998 20:04:50
Darren Reed said:
> > (2) you can't get rid of device nodes completely no matter what you
> > do, though that's mostly irrelevant.  8-)
> Yes you can.  Remove the driver.

Device nodes the concept, not their use in the system.

As long as we want to support NFS booting of other systems, we have
to support device nodes.  We might not have to use them, but they have
to be supported as opaque cookies.

And as noted elsewhere, some people (e.g. me 8-) aren't willing to
take the hit of any extra startup time, or memory, or possible
security implications.

You can have a devfs.  In fact, I think NetBSD should have a devfs.
However, with the exception of install media, I do not ever want to
use it.