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KernelTrap: The Future Of Devfs

Jun 27, 2005, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])

"The removal of the deprecated devfs from the mainline kernel took another step forward today with a patch from Greg KH that removes devfs from the build process. He adds, 'if this goes well, and there are no complaints for a few weeks, I'll resend my big 'devfs-die-die-die' series of patches that rip the whole thing out of the kernel tree.' Mike Bell expressed concern, 'once devfs is out, it's out for good. It is for all intents and purposes impossible to maintain such a thing outside of mainline. You should know that, udev's kernel infrastructure was developed pretty much entirely within mainline and look how long it took to get even the present number of drivers working with it.' The replacement for devfs is udev, which Greg KH began developing in 2001..."

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