Re: extended partitions

Kenneth Albanowski (
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 12:15:28 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Bob Lanning wrote:

> - ---- As written by Ben Wing:
> > Why not have the kernel create all the device files but allow new
> > things (e.g. symlinks) to be added to the /dev directory? This seems
> > like the best of both worlds.
> That would be great, as long as it keeps the information (the link or
> directory) across reboots. (I don't want an rc script rebuilding the dev
> directory every time.)

This seems like a situation for a "transparent" filesystem. The kernel
would export a perfect set of device nodes into /proc/dev, and then /dev
would be mounted as a combination of anything in /dev (or maybe /var/dev?)
+ anything in /proc/dev. Any changes would go into /var/dev.

Is this worth the effort, though?

> - --
> Robert Hajime Lanning
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Kenneth Albanowski (, CIS: 70705,126)