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Hi... I've recently installed icepack linux... a lesser known distro... and one of the first questions it asks is what mouse (I have a dell optical usb mouse -- with a middle scroll wheel... doesn't list that so i pick microsoft intellimouse) and then it asks what device its under
I didn't know so I went with the default /dev/mouse -- but after i tried startx it said an error about can't find mouse at /dev/mouse -- so I tried the config again but i picked /dev/tty0 (i think?) still couldnt find it
no, it just uses a different version of devfs, basically linux has a /dev/(structure) devfs has a /dev/(different structure) the devfs is 2.6 (what I use) is /dev/(another restructuring to make it "better")
each locates drivers into a different place, but for compat each can automatically link to the standards (/dev/input/mice /dev/psaux).
as for saying reiserfs when we said devfs, close but no cigar
reiserfs is a filesystem for a hard drive or othe rmedia that basically tell it where everything is and goes
devfs is when you mount a "fake drive" that isn't a drive at all to /dev, then the kernel automatically places a way to access devices like harddrives and cdroms and mice inside that fake drive. on non devfs systems (yours) /dev/ is on the real harddrive and has files that point to tthe devices like cdroms mice and so on. we got into the discussion because devfs hs a different structure than /dev/files and those differences are what started it..
NOTE: you don't need to understand this, just don't think of reiserfs when you hear devfs