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Date:      Tue, 30 Jan 2007 12:57:13 -0500
From:      Kris Kennaway <kris@obsecurity.org>
To:        Freminlins <freminlins@gmail.com>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org, Kris Kennaway <kris@obsecurity.org>
Subject:   Re: mknod, devfs and FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <20070130175713.GB46597@xor.obsecurity.org>
In-Reply-To: <eeef1a4c0701300125n2056eb19m180b7389f1638d71@mail.gmail.com>
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On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 09:25:24AM +0000, Freminlins wrote:
> Kris,
>=20
> On 29/01/07, Kris Kennaway <kris@obsecurity.org> wrote:
> >
> >
> >To put it bluntly, it's something you're just going to have to get
> >over :-)
>=20
>=20
> That's unhelpful. It is, in my opinion, a bad idea to have to mount up 14=
00
> instances of devfs just to get a few device nodes. It just doesn't seem
> right. It's a kludge. What I will do instread is migrate the box to Solar=
is
> where I can do what I want to do.

OK.

> It's a poor argument to say basically "that's the way it is". I have alwa=
ys
> found FreeBSD to be flexible, not restrictive.

"That's the way it is" is a statement of truth, not an argument.

> If devfs is the only way to go, why does mknod still exist? Why does it
> allow me to create device nodes that don't work?

Compatibility with other OSes when used as an NFS server.

Kris

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