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SubjectRe: DEVFSv50 and /dev/fb? (or /dev/fb/? ???)
In article <linux.kernel.6qbudc$kjf$>,
H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
>Followup to: <>
>By author: Shawn Leas <>
>In newsgroup:
>> 2) Ease of system maintainence. SYSV style/looking devices tell you
>> EXACTLY where your disks are at a glance, and that is GOOD. Auto device
>> generation is good too...
>Auto device generation can be a security hole, and can be done in user
>space without hogging tons of kernel memory.

How much is tons of kernel memory?

The application where I'd like to use devfs is on install floppies.
If the load footprint of devfs is < 23k, I've won over insmod
(not even counting the additional footprint needed for the module)
and I've won bigtime over a userspace solution that wants to
include /bin/sh (64k)

david parsons \bi/ 1.44mb fills up really fast these days.

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