Re: [PATCH] 2.5.14 IDE 56

From: Richard Gooch (
Date: Tue May 07 2002 - 14:21:10 EST

Patrick Mochel writes:
> On Tue, 7 May 2002, Richard Gooch wrote:
> > Patrick Mochel writes:
> > > Oh, and it's with a modern, clean filesystem, 1/5 the size of devfs.
> >
> > The size argument is not an issue. I've already said that devfs will
> > shrink a lot once I move tree management from my own code to the VFS.
> I agree 100%. However, I think that move will be very painful. I
> tried to do it a couple of months ago, and there were so many
> interdependencies and oddities that I gave up after about 6 hours.

Oh, it's certainly more that 6 hours of work. But it *will* get done.

> > At that point devfs will mostly be:
> > - an API
> > - a way fo supporting the devfsd protocol.
> I argue that you shouldn't need a separate daemon. We already have
> the /sbin/hotplug interface. It's simple and sweet. We shouldn't
> need to rely on an entirely separate daemon.

The devfsd protocol is more lightweight. Plus it doesn't require
fork(2)+execve(2) overheads. And more importantly, you can capture
lookup() events.


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