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SubjectRe: Linux-2.3.51, and the pre-2.4 series..
In <E12Tn1w-0004i3-00@the-village.bc.nu> Alan Cox (alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk) wrote:
>> did you enable devfs and forget to edit /etc/inittab to use 'vc/n' instead
>> of 'ttyn' ?

> If that is the case then devfs needs some tweaking

Sorry, Alan. It WAS there. And was removed by LINUS's request. So...

> -----
> Linux Filesystem Heirarchy Standard

> 6.1.2

> All devices and special files in /dev should adhere to the Linux Allocated
> Devices document, which is available with the Linux kernel source. It is
> maintained by H. Peter Anvin.

> ------

> Virtual terminals are specifically listed as

> 4 char TTY devices
> 0 = /dev/tty0 Current virtual console

> 1 = /dev/tty1 First virtual console


> Thus using any other name places devfs out of the standard. Is there a
> reason for devfs not providing /dev/tty{n} (nothing stops it providing
> /dev/vc/n as well)

Yes. The whole idea behind recent removal of compatibility entries out of
devfs is to clean up this horrible mess in /dev . It was Linus's idea and
I like it :-) So probably better way is to change "Linux Allocated Devices"
document to reflect devfs changes (AFAIK HPA promised to do this in the future
anyway).

P.S. Of course you can return old /dev/tty0 ... /dev/tty64 with devfsd if you
want.





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