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SubjectRe: Linux/Pro -- clusters
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> Yes and no. If I am not mistaken there are three details:
> (i) Linus prefers to separate block and character devices.
> I agree that that makes the code a bit cleaner, but dislike
> the code duplication: the interface to user space, the allocation,
> deallocation, registering is completely identical for the two.
> But apparently Linus does not mind a little bloat if that avoids
> an ugly cast in two or three places.

I don't understand why you can't share this code. The main reason for
having different types is so you don't mix them up -- they are
separante namespaces, and shouldn't be mixed up. Having them be
different types makes the compiler enforce this.

If we were using C++ we could make a base class which contained the
common stuff. As it is, perhaps a substructure would do it.

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