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Re: translators under /dev

--- "Alfred M. Szmidt" <ams@kemisten.nu> wrote:
> "K. Bradford" <stdin@earthlink.net> writes:
> > From what little I know about Hurd, it appears that there are passive
> > translators set in all the nodes under /dev, and the ls command brings
> > them alive.  This does not seem like proper behaviour and I don't remember
> > this happening when I first installed the system.  I have not made any
> > changes to /dev or any of the nodes within it, except to run MAKEDEV to
> > create the driver nodes I need for my scsi disk.  The ptys were already
> > there after the install.
> > 
> > Could someone offer any clues ?  
> The only clue that can be offered is that this is the correct
> behaviour, passive translators become a live when what does a stat()
> on them.  When running `ls -l' then ls does a stat() on each node
> which in turn brings each translator to life. A plain `ls' on the
> other hand does not.
> Cheers,
> -- 
> Alfred M. Szmidt

 Note: ls --color=on will also stat every node.

James Morrison
   University of Waterloo
   Computer Science - Digital Hardware
   2A co-op

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