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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6] Altix serial driver
On Mon, 28 Jun 2004, Andrew Morton wrote:

+ 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.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by this. Use a different major
(one that is likely to not be used by anyone else on our system) and a
minor that no one is assigned ?

-- Pat

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