what is the status of devfs?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at mindspring.com
Fri Jul 9 22:18:54 EST 2004

On Fri, 9 Jul 2004, Mark Chambers wrote:

>>    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.

oh, i knew devfs was on its way out, i was just curious about it being
labelled as EXPERIMENTAL, NEW and OBSOLETE all at the same time.

what's the story on proposed udev support some day?


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