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    SubjectRe: [Patch 3/6] dm: decimal device num sscanf
    On Thu, Jul 31, 2003 at 05:27:45PM +0100, Joe Thornber wrote:
    > > So why do you do it in kernel again?
    > Let's reverse the question, why are you deprecating passing a dev_t
    > into the kernel ? (I'm not being awkward, just confused).

    Because we want to keep dev_t use down as much as possible. It should
    just be a small cookie for looking up the correspoding object where
    it's required by posix. Everywhere outside that scope we better deal
    with pathnames because they are much more meaningfull. And with udev
    and dynamic dev_t around the corner the actual values become more and
    more meaningless.

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