problems with devfs amd /dev/fd/
dwhite at gumbysoft.com
Thu Jan 13 16:51:15 PST 2005
On Tue, 4 Jan 2005, Jose M Rodriguez wrote:
> trying to import foomatic-rip, I found great changes under /dev/fd/
> going from RELENG_4 to RELENG_5.
> Seems that /dev/fd/3 is used by several pipe construct like foomatic-rip
> to get a free backwards error channel.
> Digging a bit, I found that now, I need mount fdescfs to get this. I
> think this is not well documented in release notes.
Nothing in the FreeBSD base system depends on /dev/fd. foomatic-rip a
third-party program. It would be appropriate for the port to print a
message reminding the user to mount fdescfs if they plan to use this
application, but not appropriate to enable it by default just for this one
> Also, seems that support /dev/fd/3 in devfs may be a good idea. Add a
> sysctl to control how many /dev/fd/n devfs create will be even better.
fdesc is populated automatically based on the calling program. If the
program has file descriptor 3 open then /dev/fd/3 will be available.
Likewise, if it is closed, /dev/fd/3 will not exist.
Doug White | FreeBSD: The Power to Serve
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