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Date:      Tue, 30 Jan 2007 12:57:13 -0500
From:      Kris Kennaway <>
To:        Freminlins <>
Cc:, Kris Kennaway <>
Subject:   Re: mknod, devfs and FreeBSD
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On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 09:25:24AM +0000, Freminlins wrote:
> Kris,
> On 29/01/07, Kris Kennaway <> wrote:
> >
> >
> >To put it bluntly, it's something you're just going to have to get
> >over :-)
> That's unhelpful. It is, in my opinion, a bad idea to have to mount up 14=
> 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=
> where I can do what I want to do.


> It's a poor argument to say basically "that's the way it is". I have alwa=
> 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.


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