Subject: Re: /dev/[r]sd[5,6]* devices by default ?
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From: David Laight <David.Laight@btinternet.com>
Date: 01/09/2002 09:55:10
> ...is there any reason these char/raw devices don't exist by default?
Probably to avoid serious clutter in /dev - and problems with open()
taking a long time because of the serial search of the directory.
> I had to `sh ./MAKEDEV sd5`, as MAKEDEV all didn't work. I have a series of
> external disk packs I'm using. I only have the 6 disks right now, but if
> I throw and another sbus scsi controller (isp?), I may have more.
> ...can we either add a comment to the FAQ or setup more devices by
I'd suggest either:
1) writing a startup script that detects which disks (etc) are present
and then making the correct /dev entries
2) make /dev an overlay of a kernel generated dircetory structure under
a file system one. The device drivers would make calls to populate
the lower layer with nodes that match the current configuration.