Re: /etc/modules.conf and USB

From: Frank van Maarseveen (
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 15:45:25 EST

On Mon, Jun 19, 2000 at 06:54:28PM -0400, Johannes Erdfelt wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 19, 2000, Frank van Maarseveen <> wrote:
> > Also, I think it is best for usbdevfs to make it part of /proc.
> > The name is a bit misleading because there are no device nodes
> > such as with devfs and mounting it on /proc/bus/usb is awful.
> This is incorrect. Just because the files don't have a major/minor
> doesn't mean they don't have the same functionality.
> Having a virtual FS means we don't need major/minor numbers.
Correct, but that addresses a very fundamental issue. Major/minor have
been there because a kernel is good in numbers. In userland /dev attaches
names to the numbers. What you suggest here is a whole new ballgame. It is
interesting though, but what I saw in /proc/bus/usb was not a replacement
for any device file such as /dev/usb/lp0. It only provided for some debug
info. Also, the tree merely contained numbered files and no descriptive
names. Then there is the same issue as with devfs: persistent state.
So, unless I missed something usbdevfs is not a replacement for /dev.
It is only an addition for /proc.


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