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Re: /dev translator

From: Niklas Höglund
Subject: Re: /dev translator
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 21:05:32 +0200

Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de> wrote:

> On Mon, May 20, 2002 at 10:20:27AM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
>   Someone wrote:
> > > Have you thought about writing a translator for /dev itself, rather
> > > than using a script to populate a directory? devfs the Hurd way.
> > 
> > Certainly we have.  I think this is ultimately the Right Thing, in
> > fact.
> I've just wondered myself about it, but I am not sure how this would be
> done best.

Something I would like is complete autodetection of hardware.  It'd be
cool if a /dev translator could read /usr/share/discover/pci.lst  (or
whatever) and add subnodes with translators for those devices.

Alternatively, some tool like discover could be ported to the Hurd to do
this to a /dev filesystem.

In the long run I'd like to be able to take a bootable CD with the Hurd on
it, boot it in any modern i386 computer and get a complete configured
system with a configured X server, mouse, keyboard, scanner, ...

Then, with some networked filesystem, we've got a truly mobile office :)


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