Re: Loop Encryption

Andrew E. Mileski (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 20:16:30 -0400 (EDT)

> While you're on the subject of new features, is there any hope of allowing
> a loopback device onto /dev/mem (Yes the _character_ the device) or an
> equlivent ?
> It was one of the most obvious things to try for >1.2.13 when I wanted
> to put a swap file onto the slow memory in an old 386...

I can't see myself hacking that right now, as it would likely entail
quite a bit of new code. The current loop driver is pretty simple - it
basically re-directs block requests. Working on character devices
seems like a whole new ballgame to me.

I think I'll draw the line at a loop for root feature edition, as I don't
want to sit on this code forever :-) After releasing the new loop driver,
there are other parts of the kernel I want to work on...not to mention
that I still have to finish of the PnP stuff I started a year (more?) ago,
and some final twiddling of the XFree86 Matrox Millennium server, and...
the list goes on and on.

Andrew E. Mileski