Block devices

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Fri Nov 28 09:03:45 PST 2003

"Jeff Shevlen" <jeff at> writes:

> I've got a book that talks about block devices in Freebsd 3.4.  I got
> curious and went looking for some, but my 4.8 distro doesn't seem to
> have any.  When did they disappear?  Why did they leave?  Will they
> ever return?  I poked around in google and but didn't turn
> anything up.  Curious...

They disappeared four or five years ago because they were
unnecessary.  The character mode devices support everything
that block devices did...

The technical discussion was probably on the -CURRENT and -ARCH
mailing lists, around the summer of '98.

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