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

Eric Bélanger snowmaniscool at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 16:29:21 EDT 2009

On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 11:28 PM, Allan McRae<allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Thanks for comments.  I am going to push this to the news today
> [draft]
> /dev layout 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. With this update, it is important that
> initscripts (2009.07-3), filesystem (2009.07-1), udev (141-5) and syslog-ng
> (3.0.3-2) are all updated together.
> 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.  Any users who have modified the /etc/securetty file should make
> sure to merge that file also.
> [/draft]
> I will move these packages without releasing a new filesystem and
> initscripts package so we can definitely get them on the next installer.  As
> far as I can tell, there is nothing to stop these packages moving and the
> extra fixes in git are just "nice to haves" and not "must haves".  This way
> we can release the initscript and filesystem changes when needed and put
> them through the signoff procedure separately.
> The actually move will occur after ~24 hours of posting the new item.
> Allan

The udev in testing was updated. We need to signoff the new version
before moving this stuff to core.

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