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Date:	Thu, 2 Dec 2010 10:12:31 -0600
From:	Timur Tabi <>
To:	Kay Sievers <>
CC:	Greg KH <>,
	Michael Ellerman <>,
	Greg KH <>,
	Wood Scott-B07421 <>,
	Arnd Bergmann <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Yoder Stuart-B08248 <>
Subject: Re: How do I choose an arbitrary minor number for my tty device?

Kay Sievers wrote:
> It's racy at many levels, symlinks and other stuff are not replaced
> atomically, you get a "move" uevent", but it's not easy to connect the
> event to the old and new device. Device nodes are not renamed at all,
> there isn't even support for that in the kernel now.

Kay, thank you so much for this explanation.  I wish every function in the
kernel were described so thoroughly!  My life would be so much easier.

I put your text into a patch and posted it for review.

Timur Tabi
Linux kernel developer at Freescale

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