what is the status of devfs?

Mark Chambers markc at mail.com
Fri Jul 9 22:05:18 EST 2004

>    probably should send this to the main kernel list, but in playing
> around, i noticed that DEVFS_FS is labelled as both OBSOLETE and NEW,
> but in the Kconfig file, it depends on EXPERIMENTAL.
>    it seems a bit inconsistent for anything to be simultaneously

I found the following in udev-FAQ:

Q: Why was devfs marked OBSOLETE if udev is not finished yet?
A: To quote Al Viro (Linux VFS kernel maintainer):
	- it was determined that the same thing could be done in userspace
	- devfs had been shoved into the tree in hope that its quality will
	  catch up
	- devfs was found to have fixable and unfixable bugs
	- the former had stayed around for many months with maintainer
	  claiming that everything works fine
	- the latter had stayed, period.
	- the devfs maintainer/author disappeared and stoped maintaining
	  the code.

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