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    SubjectRe: [GIT PATCH] Remove devfs from 2.6.12-git
    Andrew:


    >>It breaks a lot of my embedded setups which have read-only storage only
    >>and thus need /dev on devfs or tmpfs.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >Well that's quite a problem. We're certainly causing people such as
    >yourself to take on quite a lot of work. But on the other hand we do want
    >the kernel to progress sanely, and that sometimes involves taking things
    >out.
    >
    >I don't have enough info to know whether the world would be a better place
    >if we keep devfs, remove devfs or remove devfs even later on. I don't
    >think anyone knows, which is why we're taking this little
    >disable-it-and-see-who-shouts approach.
    >
    >

    I would prefer to keep devfs around as well, but most of my embedded
    systems have enough RAM to put a primitive /dev tree in tmpfs using a
    linuxrc script at boot. The workarounds for the userland requirements
    of udev are a little less clear to me, but I'm not sure they're
    insurmountable yet for anything except the smallest embedded systems,
    since Busybox appears to have some udev support available now.

    I think that devfs and udev appeal to different audiences, hence I don't
    think you can say that the "world will be a better place" with one or
    the other. It would be nice to find a way to have the two coexist
    peacefully...

    Case in point. I'm going to udev reluctantly; all my embedded work
    based on earlier kernels used devfs exclusively.


    b.g.

    --
    Bill Gatliff
    So what part of:
    $ make oldconfig clean dep zImage
    do you not understand?
    bgat@billgatliff.com

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