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Old 10-21-2005, 11:27 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2005
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devfs vs vfs

Could someone in the know explain the difference between these two? I'm looking for something that manages devices better than /dev does. Two nights ago, a couple of classmates and the professor took an hour to figure out the location of a usb mouse. Apparently they couldn't remember where the usb device driver was.

It'd be nice if there was something that would autodetect the devices that are actually plugged into the system, and hide those that aren't needed.

I heard somewhere that devfs is capable of that, but their homepage is written in the Olde English and I can't understand a bloody word it's saying.

Did Shakespeare help him write that?
Old 10-21-2005, 12:13 PM   #2
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This is what hotplug and udev is for. Hotplug detects what is plugged into a system, and udev creates device nodes based on rules in /etc/udev/rules.d/ 50udev.rules are the rules that come with slack. You can make your own ruleset and call it 10udev.rules. Check out for how to write rules.

PS udev is for 2.6.x kernels
Old 10-21-2005, 01:15 PM   #3
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I'm reading this deal here and it seems like it will display anything that's supported. How would it know what hotplug is detecting?


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