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SubjectRe: LANANA: To Pending Device Number Registrants
On Wed, May 16, 2001 at 02:59:30AM +0200, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> On Tuesday 15 May 2001 23:20, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> > Personally, I'd really like to see /dev/ttyS0 be the first detected
> > serial port on a system, /dev/ttyS1 the second, etc.
> There are well-defined rules for the first four on PC's. The ttySx
> better match the labels the OEM put on the box.

Nico's point is that there is a lot of linux beyond PCs. My LART[1] has
three serial ports which I didn't label at all. The official SA1100
serial driver has /dev/ttySA[0-2] allocated. Other ARM systems use
/dev/ttyS0. Guess what happens when you want to install debian-arm on
an SA1100 system. A serial device registry like we have for the sound
cards would be most welcome.


[1] StrongARM SA1100 embedded board,

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