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SubjectRe: devfs patch v21 available
On Mon, 30 Mar 1998, Richard Gooch wrote:
> Hi, all. Version 21 of my devfs patch is now available
> Please, would people give this a final thrashing. I want to submit
> this to Linus ASAP. Unless there are outstanding issues, I'm happy to
> see it included in the mainstream kernel now.

It works for me (TM), apart from one bug and some (minor) flaws:

- The bug:
/dev # ln -s ttyS1 mouse
/dev # rm mouse
/dev # ls mouse
/bin/ls: mouse: no such file or directory
/dev # ln -s ttyS0 mouse
ln: cannot symbolic link 'ttyS0' to 'mouse': file exists
/dev # ls mouse
/bin/ls: mouse: no such file or directory

linking with ttyS1 again succeeds.

- SysVInit (v2.65f) seems to try to open /dev/console. So I see
'unable to open an initial console' on bootup until I mknod
the console device into /dev (ext2)
- SysVInit opens /dev/initctl on shutdown.... (pipe)
- Autoloading the ide-cdrom module does not work!? Perhaps
kerneld <-> kmod related? (modprobe ide-cd works)
- mknod does not actually create a special device in /dev ?
So /dev/video et al could not be simply mknodded.


Richard Guenther <>
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