Re: On re-working the major/minor system

Date: Sun Dec 09 2001 - 16:37:27 EST

    From: (Kai Henningsen)

> The C library, and the POSIX standard, etc, etc.

    I think you'll find that there is *NOTHING* in either the C standard,
    POSIX, or the Austin future-{POSIX,UNIX} standard that knows about major
    or minor numbers.

The Austin draft turned into POSIX 1003.1-2001 yesterday or so.

There is not much, but a few traces can be found.
For example, the pax archive format uses 8-byte devmajor and devminor fields.

(But to reassure others: no, this standard does not specify
major and minor in ls output, but just says
"If the file is a character special or block special file, the size of
 the file may be replaced with implementation-defined information
 associated with the device in question.")


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