which is "better" - /dev/fd or FIFO

@lbutlr kremels at kreme.com
Sat Mar 6 17:46:01 UTC 2021

On 06 Mar 2021, at 10:10, Arthur Chance <freebsd at qeng-ho.org> wrote:
> On 06/03/2021 16:57, tech-lists wrote:
>> On Sat, Mar 06, 2021 at 09:37:49AM -0700, @lbutlr wrote:
>>> On 06 Mar 2021, at 07:08, tech-lists <tech-lists at zyxst.net> wrote:
>>>> Some ports, notably shells/bash, have a makeoptions config where you can
>>>> select "enable use of /dev/fd". But there's no explanation given why
>>>> this is advantageous or not, or if there's some kind of risk, in a
>>>> freebsd context [1]. It's not enabled by default. Please can anyone
>>>> explain?
>>> Do you have a floppy drive?
>> no. I admit i'd not thought of floppy drive at all. In 2021, who does?
> Nope, /dev/fd isn't anything to do with floppy disks, that's /dev/fd0 IIRC.

Ah, could be. It's ben decades since I last used a floppy disk. 1995 or 1996, IIRC.

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