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SubjectRe: [patch 00/13] devtmpfs patches
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Hi.

On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM, Greg KH <greg@kroah.com> wrote:
> Here's the latest version of the devtmpfs patch, broken up into 13
> different patches to make it easier to review and merge properly.
>
> This series does the following:
>  - creates a new callback within the driver core to allow drivers and
>    subsystems to provide a name for their subsystem to properly reflect
>    what userspace should use for their device nodes.  This allows for
>    things like the sound/ and input/ subdirectories to be properly told
>    to userspace.  Note these names and subdirectories are the ones that
>    have been used for years, and are standardized across all
>    distributions and synced up with the LANANA naming scheme which is
>    specified by LSB.  We aren't creating anything new here.
>  - fills in the callbacks by the various subsystems that need to define
>    it, including the misc device layer.  This is the majority of the
>    patches in the series.
>  - adds the devtmpfs core code.  Description of what this is, why it is
>    needed, and how it works is within this patch.
>
> All of these patches have been tested for a number of weeks now in
> SuSE's kernel trees and have proved to increase boot time a measurable
> ammount (a few seconds at the very least)

Well, guess you meant the opposite ;-)


> on both traditional systems
> (servers / desktops) as well as on netbooks using a non-SuSE based
> userspace infrastructure.
>
> This feature also allows rescue systems to work properly by allowing
> systems to boot into /bin/bash with full access to all of their device
> nodes.  It is also a big win on embedded systems with no local users yet
> they need to provide dynamic names as their hardware configuration can
> be changed by external forces.
>
> All of the previous objections to this patch series seems to have been
> properly addressed, but as always, comments are welcome, just make them
> substantial please :)
>
> These patches are now in the driver-core git tree of quilt patches.
>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h
>
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