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

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun Aug 2 23:29:31 EDT 2009

Eric Bélanger wrote:
> 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.

Damn...  I was wanting to move this before udev was updated.  Nevermind.


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