Subject: Re: Time to fix a 25 year old misdesign
To: Lennart Augustsson <>
From: Matthew Jacob <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 10/15/2000 10:36:19
[ repeating to a public ]

Umm... I can't quite remember, but aren't paired open/close semantics what are
provided by the SVr4 clone device?

The close semantics are correct for fully shareable devices like disks. They
are helpful in that you have different functions you're trying to accomodate
w/o having a separate device.