On Tue, Jun 23, 1998 at 06:30:14PM -0700, Sean Eric Fagan wrote:
Unless compelling evidence to the contrary is presented, I will remove
blockdevices as a concept from FreeBSD RSN.
In the future all devices will be character devices, and mounts will
happen using these as well.
Wow, I am sitting here, remembering arguments by certain freebsd
core members a couple of years ago about how linux' lack of block
devices was a defficiency.
That was, AFAIK, about the lack of _raw_ devices.
Tell me, how am I supposed to do direct, un-cached accesses?
Use the raw device.
How about all the auxillary programs, some of which are in ports,
which expect to be able to use block devices -- and do stats to
check on it?
Which are these?
I can't see any reason to retain the block devices - AFAIK, they are
only used to mount filesystems on, and if that can be done in other
ways, we're all set.
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