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Re: potato missing /dev's

>>>>> On Tue, 1 Feb 2000 13:53:38 +0000 (GMT), Jules Bean <jmlb2@hermes.cam.ac.uk> said:

 Jules> On 1 Feb 2000, James LewisMoss wrote:
 >> >>>>> On Mon, 31 Jan 2000 20:32:51 -0600, Steve Greenland
 >> >>>>> <stevegr@debian.org> said:
 Steve> On 30-Jan-00, 13:03 (CST), Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> wrote:
 >> >> Steve Greenland wrote:
 >> >> > devices in the current directory. I suppose there is some
 >> >> > traditional reason why this is so, but I'm very tempted to
 >> >> > report a fatal bug against it.
 >> >>
 >> >> Gah.
 >> >>
 >> >> Is there _anyone_ out there who has read the definitions of the
 >> >> bug tracking severities?
 Steve> Yes, I have, and I use them correctly when I actually report
 Steve> bugs. This was an offhand remark. Besides, "fatal" isn't a
 Steve> severity level.
 Steve> Don't you think that the fact that MAKEDEV, when run outside
 Steve> of /dev (by root, of course), creates the devices files in the
 Steve> current directory is a severe design flaw? With not even an
 >> No.  For several reasons:
 >> 1) It's perfectly reasonable for someone to want device files that
 >> don't happen to reside in /dev.
 >> 2) The script isn't in /bin or /sbin.  It's in /dev.

 Jules> Which would be fine, except that it *is* in the default path,
 Jules> being symlinked into /sbin.

Well slap me silly.  I had missed this.  Then I agree in part.  It
shouldn't be in the default path or it should by default put things in
/dev and require an arg to do otherwise.

 Jules> We put things in the path so people can run them from any
 Jules> working directory.  This does seem foolish for something which
 Jules> does somethin most people won't want if the wd is anything
 Jules> apart from /dev.

I agree.

 Jules> I suggest making the file live somewhere in /usr/lib, with a
 Jules> symlink in /dev as currently.  Then people who want to create
 Jules> device files elsewhere just run (cd somewhere;/dev/MAKEDEV)
 Jules> whilst people who want them in /dev run (cd /dev;./MAKEDEV)
 Jules> which is the historically accepted way of running it.

Why not just have it like in /dev?


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