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SubjectRe: [GIT PATCH] Remove devfs from 2.6.17
Hi,

Greg KH, le Sun 18 Jun 2006 16:12:04 -0700, a écrit :
> On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 01:00:41AM +0200, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> > - With udev, this just cannot work. As explained in an earlier thread,
> > even using a special filesystem that would report the opening attempt
> > to udevd wouldn't work fine since udevd takes time for creating the
> > device, and hence the original program needs to be notified ; this
> > becomes racy.
> >
> > So what is the correct way to do it? I can see two approaches:
>
> You forgot:
> - use a static /dev if you want this.
> No one is forcing you to use udev :)

I can't choose the preference of the users of my program.

> > Neither solution looks good to me... Just opening /dev/input/uinput
> > should be sufficient, and udev doesn't let that for now.
>
> No, just do what the distros that use udev do today, load the needed
> modules at boot time, based on the hardware that is present in the
> system. This should work just fine for the uinput driver,

No hardware correspond to the uinput driver.

> and if not, simply add it to the list of modules that need to be
> loaded every boot (each distro has a different place to put this
> list), and you should be fine.

I can't ask the users of my program to do that either (actually, they
can't even do this, since they need uinput for just being able to type
things on the console...)

> Please realize that the method of loading a module based on the device
> node number is very restrictive, and only works for a small minority of
> drivers.

Agreed. But here, what is best? To explicitely load a "uinput" module or
to explicitely open "/dev/input/uinput" ?

> > The same situation holds for other virtual devices (loop, snd-seq-dummy,
> > ...).
>
> Yes, look at how the distros do this today for loop, they merely load it
> at boot time and everyone's happy.

So distributions should load every possible virtual device?

In the debian case, it doesn't, but udev has a links.conf script that
creates a /dev/loop/0 entry, which losetup can open when looking for
loop block devices, and hence the loop module gets auto-loaded. This is
the behavior I'd expect.

> And this whole thing has nothing to do with devfs, as you stated above
> :)

Ok, but devfs had let me some hope that it would work, and udev doesn't
so much (the abovementioned links.conf file is considered hacky).

Samuel
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