On Wed, 5 Sep 2001, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:

> In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, "David O'Brien" writes:
> >>
> >> Use DEVFS and it will work.
> >
> >Then it needs to be backed out.  This is the first thing that does not
> >work w/NODEVFS and I don't believe the Project has agreed that absolutly
> >requiring DEVFS is OK at this time.
> No, in fact, clearcut warnings has been sent for over half a year
> that after july 1st 2001 !DEVFS compatibility were no longer a
> requirement and that DEVFS should be considered mandatory.

This was decreed but not agreed to.  I don't use devfs and don't plan
to use it until it works at least as well as specfs (if this is
possible).  I have noticed about 10 minor bugs in it despite only running
it to test it every 6 months or so.  Examples:
- file time updates are broken in several ways.
- stat() doesn't work right on devfs directories (st_size and st_blocks
  zero for all devfs files, but should be nonzero for directories).
- pathconf() doesn't work right on devfs directrories (_PC_NAME_MAX and
  _PC_PATH_MAX are unsupported, but must be supported for directories).
- acd devices still have insecure modes (world readable).


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