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Old 11-25-2003, 12:10 PM   #1
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Question Do you use DevFS?


... why/why not?

I use it because I don't like a lot of clutter in my /dev.
 
Old 11-25-2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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moved to a suitable forum. Linux - General
 
Old 11-26-2003, 08:20 AM   #3
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I think you'll find that most people who use devfs will do so for two reasons:

+ Like you (and me) they find it a God send only displaying the devices actually there (and configured) and not those that you could have but don't.

+ They installed a distro that uses it by default and are unaware of the alternative situation.
 
Old 11-26-2003, 12:42 PM   #4
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Well, don't forget that devfs isn't really maintained anymore and that a userspace alternative, udev, is beeing written. I'm using it because Gentoo requires me to do so.
In kernel series 2.6, it's already called obsolete/deprecated

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Old 11-26-2003, 12:44 PM   #5
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as Config said, you have to in gentoo.
 
Old 11-26-2003, 03:37 PM   #6
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I miss the option "I tried it, it's still installed on
one machine, and I found it a pain in the neck" :}


Nuh, actually it's not that bad... the one thing
that pissed me of though is that if I change
/etc/devfs.conf and skill -HUP devfsd it doesn't
change permissions/ownerships, I have to reboot.
(or do it twice, once in the config file, and a manual
chmod/chown).


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 11-26-2003, 04:01 PM   #7
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This is why I don't use devfs. The names for devices get sooo long, why couldn't they keep the old ones? It's nice to have less stuff in the dev directory, but going through a million directories to get to the device you want...
 
Old 11-26-2003, 04:10 PM   #8
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This is why I don't use devfs. The names for devices get sooo long, why couldn't they keep the old ones? It's nice to have less stuff in the dev directory, but going through a million directories to get to the device you want...
Yuck. Grub's kinda like that, I gather. I hate /dev, but gimme /dev and lilo over that funky stuff any day.
 
Old 11-26-2003, 04:13 PM   #9
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Actually GRUB's easier than devfs. All you need to know is that it counts from 0. With devfs, you count from 0, & there's lun & bus & whatever...
 
Old 11-26-2003, 04:21 PM   #10
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Hm. Well, I *think* in 'hda's and whatnot - mount commands, references, and so on. So it doesn't make sense for me to learn a separate syntax just for grub. (I mean, scsi-emulation and cdrecord do some of that too but it's annoying there, as well.) I dunno - maybe I'm being silly. All I know is LILO's never ever let me down despite all the lunacy I try. But this is about devfs so I'll go away now. *g*
 
Old 11-26-2003, 08:59 PM   #11
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Gentoo gets pi$$y when I compile without it so I have to. Not sure about Mandrake 9.1. It works so who cares.

Later



What else can you use anyway?
 
Old 11-27-2003, 01:23 PM   #12
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yeah, when i first compiled my kernel with gentoo i had the same problem; i was strongly suggested to put devfs support into my kernel.
and i thought, well if its recommended i might as well enable it
 
  


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