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SubjectRe: Getting past the 16-bit dev_t limitation.
John Byrne wrote:

> 1.) Can anyone tell me if there is a (Linus approved) solution in the
> works for this for the 2.4.xx kernel series?

> I am also curious whether there are plans to do away with the whole
> concept of major/minor numbers;

Consider reading up on devfs, which is now integrated into 2.4.
Basically it is a (optional) special filesystem, where a driver register
name for each device it serves, possibly in a subdirectory.
(I.e. all audio devices in /dev/sound/..., all scsi stuff under

This device filesystem is mounted at /dev during boot, instead of having
/dev directory with special files.

Helge Hafting
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