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From: Herbert Poetzl <herbert@13thfloor.at>
To: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
Cc: arvidjaar@mail.ru, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH][2.5.74] devfs lookup deadlock/stack corruption combined patch
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 04:09:43 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20030709020943.GA25422@www.13thfloor.at> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20030708182620.590edd06.akpm@osdl.org>

On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 06:26:20PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Herbert Poetzl <herbert@13thfloor.at> wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 09:49:17PM +0400, Andrey Borzenkov wrote:
> > > 
> > > I do not want to sound like it has to be ignored - 
> > > but devfs code is so messy that no trivial fix exists 
> > > that would not make code even more messy.
> > 
> > sorry to interrupt, but wasn't there an ongoing
> > efford to replace the devfs with smalldevfs or 
> > something even better? *hint*
> > 
> 
> Yes, but
> 
> a) It didn't have a compatible solution for the legacy device 
>    names (/dev/hda, etc).  Could have been fixed up in userspace 
>    but the work was not done.

I might be totally wrong, as I can only speak
for 2.4 (which has no ongoing/forgotten smalldevfs 
efford ;), but devfs has definitely divided the
users into two groups (think religion/war) ...

the group using devfs, usually doesn't care about
the 'compatibility' issue, the other doesn't care
at all ... so this isn't an issue at all ...

> b) Certain parties youknowwhoyouare seem to have been stricken 
>    by smalldevfs amnesia.

maybe this helps youknowwhoyoumean to remember ...

> I'm hoping that smalldevfs comes back.  
> The current thing is a running sore.

I'm hoping too, and I would like to see it on
2.6 as well as 2.4 ...

using 2.4 I'm currently bound to devfs, as I'm
one of the pro-devfs guys, and I think Richard
Gooch did a great work with it ... (maybe a 
little too much work actually ;)

best,
Herbert

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  reply	other threads:[~2003-07-09  1:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <E198K0q-000Am8-00.arvidjaar-mail-ru@f23.mail.ru>
     [not found] ` <Pine.LNX.4.55.0304231157560.1309@marabou.research.att.com>
     [not found]   ` <Pine.LNX.4.55.0305050005230.1278@marabou.research.att.com>
2003-07-06 17:06     ` [PATCH][2.5.73] stack corruption in devfs_lookup Andrey Borzenkov
2003-07-06 19:03       ` Andrew Morton
     [not found]         ` <20030706175405.518f680d.akpm@osdl.org>
2003-07-07 19:06           ` [PATCH][2.5.74] devfs lookup deadlock/stack corruption combined patch Andrey Borzenkov
2003-07-07 21:00             ` Andrew Morton
2003-07-08 17:49               ` Andrey Borzenkov
2003-07-09  1:20                 ` Herbert Poetzl
2003-07-09  1:26                   ` Andrew Morton
2003-07-09  2:09                     ` Herbert Poetzl [this message]
2003-07-09 10:34                       ` Thierry Vignaud
2003-07-07 21:41             ` Pavel Roskin
2003-07-26 14:58         ` [PATCH][2.6.0-test1] redesign - stack corruption in devfs_lookup Andrey Borzenkov

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