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    SubjectRe: udev and devfs - The final word
    On Thu, Jan 01, 2004 at 06:17:43PM -0600, Hollis Blanchard wrote:
    > "console=" takes driver-supplied names which usually happen to match
    > /dev node names. For example, drivers/serial/8250.c names itself
    > "ttyS", so "console=ttyS0" will end up going to that driver, regardless
    > of the state of /dev.
    >
    > I'm not saying that's good or bad, but what's the alternative?
    > "console=class/tty/ttyS0"?

    Console code will need serious work anyway; note that current names
    do _not_ refer to tty devices - there is some overlap, but right now
    we have
    * console drivers
    * some of them being connected with tty drivers; those can tell
    which tty driver corresponds to them
    * console ouput code maintaining chain of console drivers; output
    is sent to them, attempt to open() /dev/console ends up picking the first
    console driver that has corresponding tty one (== has console->device())
    and opening the tty device in question
    * unholy mess with redirects.

    There's no device nodes for console drivers. So names in console=... are
    something very odd, indeed.
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