Subject: Re: representation of persistent device status, was Re: devfs, was Re: ptyfs...
To: Jonathan Stone <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 11/19/2004 16:56:26
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On Fri, Nov 19, 2004 at 02:56:05PM -0800, Jonathan Stone wrote:
> In message <>, Bill Studenmund writes:
> [...]
> >Well, the main goal for devfs is to make major and minor numbers be
> >transient. So there's no way that old-style nodes in the fs will work.
> hi Bill,
> To return for awhile to the question which prompted the ptyfs -> devfs
> topic switch, and answer your question of a week or so back:
> I know of certain applications where old-style nodes in the fs is an
> absolute, non-negotiable requirement, and for which the proposed devfs
> is an absolute non-starter.

How in the world can the application tell if it's an old-style node or a=20
new one? They both stat as block or character nodes... ???

You also haven't explained how the proposed devfs doesn't work.

Take care,


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