Re: PATCH: Unix98 pty support.

C. Scott Ananian (
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 12:42:41 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 21 Jan 1998, Matti Aarnio wrote:

> A reservation on usage of "/dev/ptmx" named object...
> I recall having heard Alan Cox to say NAY on this before on
> basis of this easily breaking iBCS -- Running SCO binaries
> on top of iBCS detects /dev/ptmx NAME, and then the libc stuff
> statically linked into those binaries ASSUMES existence of
> STREAMS in the system. (Need I continue ? Naeh, ask Alan..)

It seems that iBCS needs to be fixed. Linux shouldn't be broken because
of SCO binaries. /dev/ptmx is standard. Should we break Unix98
compatibility because SCO binaries running on iBCS make unwarranted

> If you could make provisions to have different name for the
> PTY-MUX device, all will be well. (But that is in fact user-
> space libc issue, not about this facility per se.)

I don't think that's a reasonable solution. I'd suggest fixing iBCS.
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