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Re: grub-pc: installation failure under linux + udev

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: grub-pc: installation failure under linux + udev
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 00:54:59 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 11:14:23PM +0100, Pascal A. Dupuis wrote:
> Hello,
> this is a copy of debian bug 450709
> ( at
> debian maintainer's (Robert Millan <rmh at aybabtu dot com>) request: 

Thanks Pascal.

> But ... util/biosdisk.c has another issue with detecting udev. The 
> routine has_devfs searchs for /dev/.devfsd, which cames from deprecated 
> devfs. Enclosed is a synthetic patch, I compiled and ran it fine on my 
> machine. Could you check ?

The off-by-5 bug is already fixed in CVS.  As for the devfs part, I think
I figured out what you're doing.  You setup udev to emulate devfs-style
devices, right?

I think the right fix for this is not to check for /dev/.udev, but rather
just probe for devfs-style devices unconditionally.

As it happens there are other ways in which one could have this layout,
including other /dev implementations such as userdevfs.

What does everyone else think?

Robert Millan

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