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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] remove compat code for old devfs naming scheme
    Christoph Hellwig writes:
    > On Tue, May 14, 2002 at 08:59:41AM -0600, Richard Gooch wrote:
    > > The reason to support it is because lots of people are depending on
    > > it. A lot of systems would break for no real gain. This code is in the
    > > init section, so the memory will be freed before init(8) starts.
    > >
    > > The code should stay. In 2.5, I can move it into the mini devfsd that
    > > will go into the initial rootfs.
    > Exactly how many system exist which
    > a) still use the two or three year old devfs naming scheme for
    > their root= command line
    > b) use current 2.5 kernels

    Those names are not really "old", but convenient shorthand. And it's
    more systems than you think.

    > and
    > c) have users not capable of translating that syntax to either
    > the new devfs or traditional Linux syntax?
    > I don't think there are more then about ten, and no I _absolutely_
    > do not consider that a reason to bloat the kernel, even if it is just
    > source and image bloat.

    A lot more people are using devfs than you realise. Removing the code
    would screw them over. Leave it alone.


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