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    SubjectRe: disk naming proposal & devfs

    On Sun, 11 Jan 1998, Larry McVoy wrote:

    > [...]
    > : OK, well, I think this is not a problem for devfs. Once you have your
    > : fs_mountpoint() you can simply call devfs_register(). So, submit a
    > : patch and wait for it to be accepted (or shot down:-).
    > OK, perhaps I misunderstood the point of devfs. Can you please tell me
    > (perhaps again) what is the problem that devfs is solving?
    Various problems related to the current indirect device referencing
    scheme, including (but not necessarily limited to):
    -8bit minors,
    -major/minor table lookup times
    -filesystem rewriting necessary to go to 16 or 32 bit minors.
    -major number conflict resolution

    > Thanks.

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