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SubjectRe: Migrating to larger numbers
H. Peter Anvin writes:
> Christoph Lameter wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> That's just silly. The devfs idea is that policy goes into the kernel
> -- that's backwards. Policy is one of the thing that you want to keep
> miles away.

No, devfs doesn't put policy into the kernel. It replaces policy in
existing device drivers: from magic device numbers to device names.
And of course it doesn't prevent you from using your own favorite
device names if you really want.



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