Subject: Re: 32 bit dev_t
To: Bill Studenmund <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <email@example.com>
Date: 01/15/1998 15:04:09
> Since the new mknod will make old-style nodes when invoked with the old
> syntax, and the new script will make old mknods barf, we can avoid an
> upgrade mess.
Actually, better would be to make the old syntax simply cause a useful
warning message to be printed, _forcing_ people to update their
MAKEDEV scripts (or to use the right syntax, if they really are trying
to use the new numbers).
After a release, the special 'new number' flag operation could be made
the default, and left alone for compatibility.
After another release, it could be removed entirely.
I'll repeat again: i'd rather cause -current users slight
inconvenience -- upgrades should take care of /dev -- than be stuck
forever with an ugly and more expensive to handle dev_t format.