Many thanks bulliver. I'd actually forgotten about MAKEDEV (no, seriously). Good to know it works that way.
What's the deal with devfs? It's a file system type, is it? Is it for when you set up your /dev on a separate partition? (didn't think that was so common).
I always assumed you could only have one FS type per partition.
PS. Visited your site ... good stuff. I'm not a Gentoo-ite quite yet, I hasten to add .. but, I'm getting there.