On Tue, 12 Oct 1999, Kirk McKusick wrote:

> I would like to take a step back from the debate for a moment and
> ask the bigger question: How many real-world applications actually
> use the block device interface? I know of none whatsoever. All the
> filesystem utilities go out of their way to avoid the block device
> and use the raw interface. Does anyone on this list know of any
> programs that need/want the block interface? If there are none, or

It doesn't run on FreeBSD, but Sybase uses block devices for its dedicated
disk devices.  There may be other RDBMSes that do this. 

David Scheidt

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