[Soekris] openbsd compact flash boot and diskless run scripts

Michael Sierchio kudzu at tenebras.com
Sat Dec 13 16:27:58 UTC 2003

Matthew S. Hallacy wrote:

> Why would /dev need to be writable? I run Linux on our soekris systems
> and the only writable thing I have is /var/run (a tiny ramdisk) because
> cardmgr refuses to run unless it can write out a .pid file.

On *BSD systems prior to DEVFS (cf. FreeBSD 5.x +), /dev must be writable.

I myself have often asked "why?" regarding many things, and often
the answers have been history lessons rather than satisfying theoretical
explanations. YMMV.

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