Subject: Re: Linux pseudo pty
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/25/2001 16:20:45
>: Do we want the /dev/pts/.* garbage to replace the current naming scheme,
>: or would it be possible to have a cloner coexist with the current
>: /dev/tty.. scheme?
>It can coexist.  Now, whether it should overlap the same device numberspace,
>I'm not so sure.
>Solaris, for instance, provides BSD-style (SunOS 4 compatibility) ptys named
>/dev/[pt]typ[0-9] and so forth, but they aren't in the same device
>numberspace, because the naming scheme is quite limited.  In the case of
>/dev/pts having its own device space, you could have as many nodes as you
>want (or even a kernel fs similar to fdesc), without worrying about running
>out of letters.

actually, you can run out.  i have, and it's a strange failure mode.

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