Mike Meyer wrote:

> > > Will the system fail to boot if there isn't an empty device.hints
> > > file?
> > No, it will boot, but some devices (like keyboard, console etc) would not work.
> That's clearly not true - I just removed an empty /boot/device.hints
> and rebooted, and all those things work fine. I can believe that such
> things won't work if they aren't specified in some hints file, but an
> empty /boot/device.hints doesn't do anything more to specify them than
> one that isn't there.

That's probably because you have hints compiled into your kernel. Try to compile
kernel w/o hints and use it with empty/unexistent /boot/device.hints and you will see
what I mean.


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