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SubjectRe: Migrating to larger numbers
devfs is just another way of mapping filenames to device drivers. Could
not the driver you list somehow tap into the devfs mechanism? The old way
with numbers will be limited in the long run.

On Mon, 7 Jun 1999, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> You have the completely wrong idea what a device driver is! XF86_SVGA
> is a device driver! gpm is a device driver (mouse driver.)
> magicfilter/ghostscript is a device driver (printer driver.) Neither
> belong in the kernel.
> Things belong in the kernel if they *have* to be there. Not otherwise.
> This implies the need for a coherent, *USER SPACE*, setup for managing
> devices. Bootup devices are somewhat a special case, of course, but
> that doesn't change the fundamentals.

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