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In article <linux.kernel.Pine.GSO.3.96.980617121154.8969C-100000@adina.cs.unibo.it>,
Andrea Arcangeli <arcangel@cs.unibo.it> wrote:
>I hope fs developers will remeber to use at least 32bit to store major and
>minor numbers (instead of only 16bit) while projecting the newfs (to
>remove the need of devfs).

The size of major and minor numbers is not, IMO, a significant reason
to have a devfs or not. Having device drivers be able to tell you
that they exist and what devices they're handling -- in a consistant
fashion, btw -- *IS* a significant reason, and this won't be stopped
even if the kernel goes to the glibc 64 or 128 or 256 bit major or
minor numbers.

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david parsons \bi/ In the grand scheme of things, major and minor
\/ numbers are a massive kludge.
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