my lfs still doesn't boot in chapter 9!

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Mon Jan 6 08:56:22 PST 2003

On January 5, 2003 09:21 am, Allen Parker wrote:
> Gerard: just wondering, when's lfs moving to devfs (much nicer, neater
> and easier to maintain), when most of the rest of the linux world (that
> I've seen) is already using it?

I agree, nicer, neater, easier, I use it on all my systems. The book won't 
move towards it though. Stability of devfs isn't the main issue anymore (it's 
pretty darn stable inspite what a lot of people think), it not being enabled 
by default in the kernel is the issue. I try not to write the book in such a 
way that requires you to configure your kernel in a particular way.

However, having that said, now go to:

To summarize: the book will include, at some point, a list of files you should 
have in /dev without using MAKEDEV that creates hundreds of files. While we 
do that we can also point out devfs and how to use it, and so on.

Though I think devfs is better suited to be a hint rather than in the book.

If somebody wants to write a hint about it, great go right ahead. Keep in mind 
the devfs instructions need to include the scenario where the host 
distribution is not devfs based, so a "mount devfs -t devfs /dev" inside 
chroot (like we do for proc) won't always work. So MAKEDEV is still needed 
for such systems until you reboot (and the kernel will then mount devfs over 
/dev but hte static files are still there, in case you ever need them, ie 
didn't boot a kernel with devfs support)

Gerard Beekmans

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