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    SubjectRe: Not a typewriter
    "Richard B. Johnson" wrote:
    > I noticed that my favorite "errno" has now gotten trashed by
    > the newer 'C' runtime libraries.
    > ENOTTY has been for ages, "Not a typewriter".
    > It's now been changed to "Inappropriate ioctl for device".
    > Methinks that this means that ../linux/include/asm/errno.h now needs
    > to be updated:
    > -#define ENOTTY 25 /* Not a typewriter */
    > +#define ENOTTY 25 /* Inappropriate ioctl for device
    > */
    > None of these strings are in the kernel, but the headers probably should
    > show the "latest standard".
    > Cheers,
    > Dick Johnson

    Probably so, but I think:

    character device => typewriter
    block => sheet of paper
    block device => stack of paper

    is not a bad analogy.


    PS. I didn't dare call it a ream of paper ;-)

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