Subject: Re: Cloning bdev/cdev devices, step one
To: Eduardo Horvath <>
From: Matthew Jacob <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 07/11/2000 19:07:36
> On Tue, 11 Jul 2000, Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> > In Solaris, IIRC, the devfs is actually /devices, and /dev/... are
> > symlinks to /devices/...  I seem to recall that the /devices nodes
> > have strict permissions, and the /dev symlinks have permissions that
> > override the permissions of the target ... or something.
> Solaris (as of 2.8 and likely to continue for the forseeable future) does
> not have a devfs.  What it has is a series of programs, scripts, and
> configuration files that extract the device tree from the kernel, store it
> in configuration files, and then generate a set of device nodes and
> symbolic links.  The eventual goal is to have a true devfs, but that may
> take another decade to complete.

This is known (in the DDI group) as the "All singing, all dancing, devfs".

A point to remember is that it is the *drivers* who do the device node
creation here, IIRC.