Subject: special-casing access to image files
To: Luke Mewburn <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/19/2001 17:07:34
On Sun, 19 Aug 2001, Luke Mewburn wrote:
> Modified Files:
> 	basesrc/sbin/fsirand: fsirand.8 fsirand.c
> Log Message:
> - add -F - manipulate a file system image in a regular file (instead of
>   a special device).

I see this -F added to ~all filesystem utilities. Is that really
necessary? IIRC there's the Unix philosophy of "everything is a file", so
why is there a difference when giving a filename over /dev/somedisk?
Can't the fools be at least made auto-detect if th eunderlying thing is a
disk image over a real disk?

 - Hubert

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