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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6] Altix serial driver
Pat Gefre <> wrote:
> 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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