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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6] Altix serial driver
    Pat Gefre <pfg@sgi.com> wrote:
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    > We think we should stick with the major/minor set we have proposed. We
    > don't like hacking the 8250 code, dynamic allocation doesn't work (once
    > that works we will update our driver to use it), registering for our
    > own major/minor may not work (if we DO get one we will update the
    > driver to reflect it) but in the meantime we need to get something in
    > the community that works.

    "we don't like" isn't a very strong argument ;)

    It does sound to me like some work is needed in the generic serial layer to
    teach it to get its sticky paws off the ttyS0 major/minor if there is no
    corresponding hardware. AFAICT nobody has scoped out exactly what has to
    be done for a clean solution there - it may not be very complex. So could
    we please explore that a little further?

    If that proves to be impractical for some reason then I'd be inclined to
    allocate a new misc minor, stick it in devices.txt and be done with it.
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