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Re: Bug#62699: cdparanoia should check/create the /dev/sg* devices that it requires. (devfs)

On Thu, Apr 20, 2000 at 12:32:24AM -0700, Lawrence Walton wrote:
> > 2) Linux 2.4 is just around the corner.  It contains Richard Gooch's
> > "devfs" which I think makes the whole issue of "/dev" go away.  I
> > haven't played with it yet to be sure how it works though.
> I doubt that woody will use this feature. 2.3.x works fine
> with out it, it's very un-unix, almost god forbid NT like.
> The idea behind it is valid, just odd to me.

if woody does intend to use it i surely hope its optional at install,
there are ALOT of people who hate devfs (me included).  trying to
force this [experimental] `feature' on everyone will only piss off
alot of people.

as for un-unix i agree, (for example) one of my favorite things about
*nix is its terseness, devfs' horridly verbose deep paths to devices
is evil IMO.  I do NOT want to see say df output where the device path
takes up an entire line causing the output to be wrapped around the
edge of the screen (as seen in a lk post by richard gooch). that among
the many other things...

> Does anyone have an idea if devfs is one of the woody release goals?
> It's pretty groovy concept, just a departure, from old school Unix, and
> will break lots and lots of things.

if woody is to use it for gods sake make it optional.  (and optional
does not mean i can turn it off in the kernel only to find the system
totally broken because there is no more /dev/*.  or unusable in any
other way)

like devfs? fine just don't force it on those of us who don't.  we all
have our preferences and choices.

Ethan Benson

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