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Re: [Xen-devel] a Xandos data dump

To: Ian Pratt <Ian.Pratt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] a Xandos data dump
From: Keir Fraser <Keir.Fraser@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 17:42:17 +0100
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> > Not sure what you are asking.  The nonrunning root fs /dev is unpopulated,
> > it is there on a normal boot of the partition, and I can't see it as a Xen
> > domain.
> That's your problem. It's obviously assuming devfs is compiled
> into the kernel. We don't support devfs as it's use is deprecated
> (it is already been ripped out and replaced by udev in 2.6).
> You're best bet is to boot up another partition with native Linux
> and then copy the /dev entries into the other partition.

..or use another distro. Currently, Gentoo and Xandros both depend on
devfs for populating /dev. Until they switch away from devfs (which
they will at some point, as it will not be provided by Linux 2.6
forever) they will not be supported out of the box by XenLinux's
device drivers.

Currently we only test on distributions that have a 'normal' set of
device special files in /dev. I don't think we've ever tested on
udev/sysfs, but since this is the new way of dealing with dynamic
devices in Linux, we're interested in adding any necessary support
required for using udev with XenLinux.

 -- Keir

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