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Re: kernel, devfs and /proc/partitions question.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 01:14:31PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 11:46:38AM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > Furthermore. If devfs is not mounted, devfs should have no influence
> > whatsoever on the running kernel, right ?
> Unfortunately devfs is a broken POS, so in 2.4 it has quite a lot..
> > The problem is that i am running the powerpc kernel without any devfs
> > option, and not built with devfs-automount, but altough the df output
> > seems ok, /proc/partitions seems to show the devfs volumes.
> Yes, that's a known bug in 2.4 kernels, and is fixed in Linux 2.6.

Mmm, could the fix be backported, i will have to look into this. I had a
patch for this back in the time when doing boot-floppies work with a
devfs enabled 2.4 kernel, but i fear it will break when mounted with
devfs=mount by d-i.

> > Is this the correct and expected behavior ? What do other people
> > (popwerpc users or not) see here ? And can this be safely ignored, or
> > will it cause problems later with non devfs mounted kernels ?
> It's not correct, but expected.  Better don't use devfs.  (Yeah, I know
> the d-i folks don't get it, but fortunately I hope I won't ever have to
> reinstall Debian on this box :))

It is only used for the install, hopefully sarge+1 d-i will not need it.


Sven Luther

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