Re: [PATCH] integrate driverfs and devfs (2.5.28)

From: Rob Landley (
Date: Mon Aug 05 2002 - 01:26:35 EST

On Monday 29 July 2002 07:25 pm, Oliver Neukum wrote:
> Am Dienstag, 30. Juli 2002 00:21 schrieb Patrick Mochel:
> > 1) devfs imposes a default naming policy. That is bad, wrong and unjust.
> > There shalt not be a default naming policy in the kernel. Period.
> Why not? Who really needs the ability to name anything in /dev ?
> You can always use a symlink if you realy, realy want.

Okay, I'll bite.

So what's root_dev_names in init/do_mounts.c? If a default naming policy is
so unacceptably evil, is that being removed in 2.5 and everybody being told
to use major/minor for the root device?

By the way, why doesn't imposing consistent predefined major/minor numbers
(0x0301 instead of "hda1") count as "policy"? I'm honestly curious...

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