Subject: Re: CFR: The Auto-Generation Block/Character Device Switch Tables
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From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/16/2002 13:21:59
[ On Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 23:11:44 (+1000), Darren Reed wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: CFR: The Auto-Generation Block/Character Device Switch Tables
> Tell me, do you care what inode number /etc/passwd has ? Or /root ?
> What difference does it make if the major number for a device is X or Y ?
> Is there any real value in it or is it just pleasing the asthetics of
> a particular group of people ? Why do I need to spend time worrying
> about what major number a device when building a system as opposed to
> worrying about tightening down the system from hackers ?
One could argue that one cares what inode number the root directory has.
In comparison /dev/console is similarly important and should conceivably
always have the same predictable major/minor device numbers so that it
can always be reliably created regardless of what kernel is run.
Beyond that though I don't think it matters much....
Greg A. Woods
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