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SubjectRe: [patch-2.3.46-p2] P6 microcode update support
Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Ok, the final patch I've seen looks ok,
> ... BUT ...
> I think we shoul dstart getting rid of /dev files for random new devices.
> I'd MUCH rather just see a /proc/sys/xxx file, which has the advantage of
> (a) needing no user-level setup (b) not having major/minor number issues
> and (c) making it trivial to see if the kernel has the microcode update
> support or not.
> Special character devices are a weakness of UNIX, not a strength. We have
> enough of them already. If they are virtual devices, then give them a
> virtual interface..

If so, I would rather say we should go with something like devfs rather
than overloading /proc. It has exactly the same problems -- mainly, the
lack of cleanly done persistent permissions -- but devfs at least
*tries* to solve this problem.


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