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SubjectRe: 2.1.43 curious pipe-entries in / (root)
On Mon, 30 Jun 1997, Colin Plumb wrote:

> It seems that the new dcache code likes things to have names. But can't it
> do the tmpfile() ting and delete them immediately after creation?
> Or better yet, fake it so they aren't visible to other processes even
> momentarily?
> If the dcache code can't cope with open inodes with a zero reference count,
> isn't that a bug in need of fixing? And if it can cope, why not use that
> ability to get rid of this clutter.
> As people have noticed, this makes making backups very awkward.
> --
> -Colin
Did anybody get my message about putting these things in "/dev" ? There
are already named pipes, etc., other non-device things there... and /dev
will always exist on a working root file-system.

That fixes the "tar -clf " problem because tar "respects" things in
"/dev" and doesn't try to backup /dev/zero... etc.

Richard B. Johnson
Analogic Corporation
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Penguin : Linux version 2.1.44 on an i586 machine (66.15 BogoMips).
Warning : It's hard to stay on the trailing edge of technology.

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