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    SubjectRe: PATCH: Unix98 pty support.
    On Wed, 21 Jan 1998, Matti Aarnio wrote:

    > A reservation on usage of "/dev/ptmx" named object...
    >
    > I recall having heard Alan Cox to say NAY on this before on
    > basis of this easily breaking iBCS -- Running SCO binaries
    > on top of iBCS detects /dev/ptmx NAME, and then the libc stuff
    > statically linked into those binaries ASSUMES existence of
    > STREAMS in the system. (Need I continue ? Naeh, ask Alan..)

    It seems that iBCS needs to be fixed. Linux shouldn't be broken because
    of SCO binaries. /dev/ptmx is standard. Should we break Unix98
    compatibility because SCO binaries running on iBCS make unwarranted
    assumptions?

    > If you could make provisions to have different name for the
    > PTY-MUX device, all will be well. (But that is in fact user-
    > space libc issue, not about this facility per se.)

    I don't think that's a reasonable solution. I'd suggest fixing iBCS.
    --Scott
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