Re: DevFS vs. udev
From: Bradley W. Allen (ULMO_at_Q.NET)
To: email@example.com Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 03:51:58 -0800
DevFS was written by an articulate person who solved a lot of
problems. udev sounds more like a thug who's smug about winning,
not explaining himself, saying things like "oh, the other guy
disappeared, so who cares, you have to use my code, too bad it sucks".
Just by what the udev people have said I have decided never to use it,
and to return to DevFS. Thank god for linux-kernel archives.
A few points:
* User space is slow, causing all sorts of extra work for device
* Another layer of filesystem for udev to have to interact with
is also slow, especially if it has to be disk based with all sorts
of extra caches, and also if it's with buggy tmpfs code and layers.
* Most of the interesting devices I have now are character devices,
and have multiple potential /dev entries per device. I've heard
that udev can't even handle that requirement!
Udev has lots of other problems, like something called an anonymous
device, and it not being fully implemented, however, that's OK for
development. We're in 2.6.0, now, so that's not OK! DevFS has been
solid for over half a decade, so it belongs in stable kernels.
* Many times a broken record comes out with claims. Here are a few:
"... there are still unfixable devfs bugs in the code." without
any examples, so I don't believe him (Greg K-H). Others have looked
and not found that.
* Userspace is not the proper place for kernel device drivers or
anything they need to work.
* We do not need the same old maintainer for devfs. We can create
new code, and maintain old code, as a group, ourselves.
* Greg K-H (what that dash is for I can't imagine) claims that DevFS
is experimental and proof of concept; well, it has been in production
use for over half a decade, which in the life of Linux is pretty long.
It's certainly not just some experiment any more.
* Greg K-H refers to "hahahaha" and "the OLS paper" and "sysfs",
things that most Linux kernel compilers, linux-kernel readers, and
DevFS users (including lots of admins) have probably never ever
heard of except the bad attitude of the hahaha part.
* Someone named viro said "the latter had stayed, period" refering to
udev, which means absolutely nothing, but expected it to mean
* Viro also said that devfs had been "shoved" into the tree, and
that it "had stayed around for many months". It's been stable for
many *YEARS*, for most of a *DECADE*.
I've spent two hours on this problem, and that's absurd; stable shouldn't
be doing this sort of thing to us. Yes, we know there are things that
happen during transition from development to stable, but to have some
terrorist hijack part of the kernel and destroy it right at the begin-
ing of stable is simply criminal thinking. Luckily, this is just
software, so we can do what we want with it, but organizationally it
is conceptually just as bad.
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