[cgl_discussion] devfs & CGL

Randy.Dunlap rddunlap at osdl.org
Thu Feb 6 14:45:48 PST 2003

On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, Patrick Mochel wrote:

| On 6 Feb 2003, Mika Kukkonen wrote:
| > I am starting to get worried about devfs in 2.6; see for example this:
| > http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=104456842930178&w=2
| This should make you very happy. :)
| > Our specs don't explicitly name devfs (I searched) anywhere, but how
| > about POC; is there and how much of our features are dependent on devfs?
| > I thought some of the hotplugging and maybe scalability requirements
| > needed it?
| They absolutely should NOT. There are no kernel developers that I know of
| -- besides Richard -- that are using devfs. In fact, they staunchly refuse
| to, especially those working on hotplug and device naming issues.

Oh, I just recalled this info:
back in the early days of USB hotplug development, Linus explicitly said not
to make it dependent on devfs, that it would be a mistake to do so.
I.e., it had to operate independently of devfs.
I think that it's safe to generalize that beyond USB.


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