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KernelTrap: The Case For Removing devfs

Jun 22, 2006, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"Greg KH posted an updated patchset for removing devfs from the mainline Linux kernel as was already done in the -mm kernel, 'they are the same 'delete devfs' patches that I submitted for 2.6.12 and 2.6.13 and 2.6.14 and 2.6.15 and 2.6.16. It rips out all of devfs from the kernel and ends up saving a lot of space.' The idea of removing the unmaintained devfs whose functionality has been replaced by udev has been discussed since late 2003, gaining momentum in 2005 and leading to lengthy debates. In his latest email Greg went on to explain, 'since 2.6.13 came out, I have seen no complaints about the fact that devfs was not able to be enabled anymore, and in fact, a lot of different subsystems have already been deleting devfs support for a while now, with apparently no complaints (due to the lack of users...)'"

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