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The end of the devfs story

The end of the devfs story

Posted Jun 16, 2005 7:22 UTC (Thu) by tao (subscriber, #17563)
Parent article: The end of the devfs story

... and there was much rejoicement!


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The end of the devfs story

Posted Jun 16, 2005 10:45 UTC (Thu) by Felix.Braun (subscriber, #3032) [Link]

I've always been a fan of a dynamic /dev directory. Maybe the approach taken by Richard Gooch with devfs to include this in kernel space was technically suboptimal because it included too many policy decisions ("disc" vs. "disk"). However, one has to note that sysfs, the user space interface that udev uses to manage the dynamic creation of device nodes, was non existant at the time devfs was created. In a way, the opposition against devfs probably sparked the creation of the technically superior solution using sysfs and udev we have nowadays.

The end of the devfs story

Posted Jun 16, 2005 11:33 UTC (Thu) by alex (subscriber, #1355) [Link]

In a way, the opposition against devfs probably sparked the creation of the technically superior solution using sysfs and udev we have nowadays.

It is the way of things in the Open Source world ;-)

I must say my limited experience with udev so far has been a pleasent experience. I can only wish we had such a stable solution when I was hacking embedded linux a couple of years ago on 2.4...


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