MAKEDEV & devpts filesystem

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Wed May 7 21:03:00 PDT 2003

On May 7, 2003 08:18 pm, Larry Lawrence wrote:
> The problem I have is that I don't know the cons of devpts, so it's hard

The big con is that devpts manages the PTY's automatically (xterms use them, 
ssh sessions, pretty much everything except virtual consoles). If you a bunch 
of static files, you have a finite number of sessions you can run at one 
time. Moreoever you have a lot of device files in /dev and it is extremely 
cluttered. devpts just creates the files on-the-fly that you actually use. 
Right now I have 5 xterms open, which correspond to /dev/pts/0 through 
/dev/pts/4 - when I close an xterm, that device file is removed.

It's like having devfs - only seeing devices files that you are actually using 
at the moment and it's managed by the kernel so you don't have to worry about 
creating enough files, and the right ones.

Gerard Beekmans

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