Bug#34719: marked as done (base: /dev/ptmx should not exist unless /dev/pts is properly configured)
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From: Thomas Quinot <email@example.com>
Subject: base: /dev/ptmx should not exist unless /dev/pts is properly configured
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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 17:04:11 +0100 (CET)
base always creates /dev/ptmx. libc6-2.1.1-0pre1.3 uses the existence
(and kernel support of) /dev/ptmx to determine whether or not to use
new Unix98 ptys. The user is reponsible for mounting /dev/pts
if necessary, as suggested by messages echoed by libc6' postinst.
If the user elects /not/ to use Unix98 ptys, and not to mount /dev/pts,
/dev/ptmx should /not/ exist, so that libc6 correcly uses old ptys.
This potentially impacts all programs that use ptys on systems
where libc6 is upgraded to 2.1.1 (eg telnetd, sshd).
Suggested fix is /not/ to create the /dev/ptmx device by default,
and to let the user create it only when he creates and mounts
-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.1
Kernel Version: Linux melusine 2.2.1 #2 SMP Tue Feb 9 15:40:00 CET 1999 i686 unknown