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SubjectRe: number of eth0 device
On Wed, 2005-10-19 at 13:23 +0200, Mathieu Segaud wrote:
> well, the way NIC's behave kind of forbids this
> taken from Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition, page 497
> "The normal file operations (read, write, and so on) do not make sense
> when applied to network interfaces, so it is not possible to apply the
> Unix ''everything is a file'' approach to them"

Ditto sound cards, which is why ALSA abandoned the OSS "everything is a
file" paradigm for sound cards. Read/write etc. don't take into account
the inherent realtime constraints in streaming audio to/from a device.


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