# ls /dev/[pt]ty* | wc -l
That's what I meant with "exaggeration" hehe. 581 devices seems a bit too much.
I understand why there must be a reasonable number of fixed terminals at boot time, supporting a number of different devices, that doesn't explain such a huge number, and most distros seems to do the same to a greater or lesser degree. If more are needed at certain point, udev should be able to plug them dynamically just like it does with the rest of the devices.
Anyway, as I said, I am really not that interested in the issue, and that's why I haven't researched about it. I just spoke about it because for the rest, the stuff in /dev is pretty minimal nowadays, and it's created by udev as required.
Total 801, [pt]ty's: 581. That makes 223 nodes that are any other thing, and some of them will be symlinks and dirs, so, as you see, a very big percentage or the real nodes are just [pt]ty's. Insane I'd say