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SubjectRe: Migrating to larger numbers
On Mon, 7 Jun 1999, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> 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.

"Policy" belongs where the services are coming from. How you
provide a service defines how the service will be used. Since
the kernel provides services, the kernel defines policy.
Like it or not, you cannot escape it.

Dan Taylor

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