[arch-dev-public] news item draft: /dev layout cleanup

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sat Aug 1 08:33:28 EDT 2009

Hi all,

Getting around to this again....

/dev layour cleanup

The /dev layout has been cleaned up to comply to the device names 
specified in the Linux kernel documentation. We had some legacy left 
from our devfs days, which has now been removed.

The most obvious change from a users perspective is the vc/*->tty* 
transition.  The initscripts-2007.08 update requires adjusting the 
/etc/inittab file to refer to tty* instead of vc/*.  Due to severe 
system breakages if this file is not updated, this change will be 
automatically handled by pacman.  The original /etc/inittab file is 
saved as /etc/inittab.pacsave.  To be clear:

package /etc/inittab -> inittab.pacnew (if needed)
system /etc/inittab -> inittab.pacsave
system /etc/inittab --sed--> inittab

Make sure to check these files after the update and do any merging that 
is required.

Finally, are we going to do a quick update to initscripts and filesystem 
before this is moved? There have been a few patches push to get for 
these.  I can do that tomorrow if people agree?


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