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SubjectRe: [PATCH] driver-core: devtmpfs - driver core maintained /dev tmpfs
On 5/2/09, Kay Sievers <> wrote:
> On Sat, May 2, 2009 at 09:16, Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
>> >After the rootfs is mounted by the kernel, the
>>> populated tmpfs is mounted at /dev. In initramfs, it can be moved
>>> to the manually mounted root filesystem before /sbin/init is
>>> executed.
>> That for example is something that is not acceptable. We really don't
>> want the kernel to mess with the initial namespace in such a major way.
> There is nothing like "mess around", it's not mounted at all, until
> the kernel mounts the root filesystem at /, then devtmpfs is mounted
> the first time, and only if it's compiled in because you asked for it.
> Also, just try:
> egrep 'mknod|create_dev' init/*.c
> and see what we currently do.
>> Counter-proposal: Re-introduce a proper mini-devfs. All nodes in there
>> are kernel-created and not changeable which sorts out that whole
>> mess of both drivers and userspace messing with tree topology we had
>> both in original devfs and this new devtmpfs. Single-instance so it can
>> be
>> populated before it's actually mounted somewhere, that way the kernel
>> doesn't have to do any policy devicision on where it's mounted.
> That sounds worse than devtpfs, and does not help for most of the
> mentioned problems we are trying to solve here.

On a narrow issue: do you really object to moving the "mount dev -t
devfs2 /dev" into userspace (and therefore giving it a user-visible
name)?? That would address Cristophs particular objection about
"messing around" with the initial namespace. It means I can be 100%
sure I can boot an old initramfs with this option enabled. And it
gives a nice clean way for new initramfs' to test for this feature -
when they try to mount it, it fails. It would seem to make for a
rather smoother migration path.

It shouldn't mean too many more LOC, you're already doing the "single
instance" thing.


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