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SubjectRe: DEVFSv50 and /dev/fb? (or /dev/fb/? ???)
On Wed, 5 Aug 1998, Richard Gooch wrote:

>joke. Apart from being incredibly ugly (having a huge /dev), having
>lots of inodes means that directory searches are quite slow.

1. You can delete everything you don' t need from /dev/. If you are lazy
probably you also don' t care to tune a lot of other probably more
performance sensitive things in the kernel.

2. I don' t know very well the fs code but I don' t think the problem
is the number of inodes, but instead the number of file entry in the
directory /dev/. So dividing /dev/ in /dev/block /dev/char for example
would speed up things I think.

root@dragon:/dev# mkdir block
root@dragon:/dev# cd block/
root@dragon:/dev/block# cp ../hda3 . -a
root@dragon:/dev/block# ls -l
total 0
brw-rw---- 1 root disk 3, 3 May 6 1997 hda3
root@dragon:/dev/block# mount /dev/block/hda3 /park
root@dragon:/dev/block# ls /park
architettura.tar.gz lab2.tar.gz tgz
debian lost+found
gcc mame
root@dragon:/dev/block# mount
/dev/hda1 on / type ext2 (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
/dev/hdc on /cdrom type iso9660 (ro,noexec,nosuid,nodev,unhide)
/dev/block/hda3 on /park type ext2 (rw)
I don' t know if devfs is so malleable/configurable.

Andrea[s] Arcangeli


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