Subject: Re: tty device names for Cyclades Z
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Matt Thomas <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 06/01/2000 21:39:04
At 03:24 PM 6/1/2000 -0700, Greywolf wrote:
>On Thu, 1 Jun 2000, Bill Studenmund wrote:
># What did the old vaxen do with lots of tty's?
>I seem to remember ttyh0-ttyhf, if memory serves, hanging off the zs(!)
>dumb tty server (lots of interrupts), so only 16 there.

Well, under ULTRIX I had lat supporting >512 terminals.  Eventually we
bit the bullet and went to long tty names.  Before then, all ttys where
tty[A-Z0-9a-z][A-Z0-9a-z].  The order you made the device (e.g. MAKEDEV)
controlled how the ttys were numbered.  (e.g. no ttyE*, ttyC*, etc.)
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