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Bug#274511: devfs on sarge install cd is confusing for newbies

reassign 274511 debian-installer
severity 274511 wishlist

On Sat, Oct 02, 2004 at 01:25:38PM +0200, Rene Engelhard wrote:
> Package: cdrom, d-i
> Severity: important
> [ not sure which package to file it against; reassign as appropriate if
> needed ]
> Hi,
> when you install sarge (or use the rescue system) you get devfs.

This *so* won't be fixed for sarge. :-) It's quite deeply embedded in
the d-i code. For etch, we'll probably move to something else, but now
is not the time.

> However, Linux newbies or people switching from other distributions not
> using devfs (and not knowing that something like this exists or how it
> works - devfs is deprecated after all) are going to be seriously
> confused....

By and large, they shouldn't have to care. The installed system doesn't
use devfs, and new users won't have to poke around in the installer
environment too much.

> The resulting system installed by d-i doesn't so what is the reason
> you use devfs/the desired effect?

We don't have room for static device nodes, and no alternatives were
available at the time when that part of d-i was originally written.
devfsd wouldn't fit in a number of the images, and would probably only
cause unnecessary confusion.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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