Bug 116009 - MAKEDEV binary should not be in /dev
MAKEDEV binary should not be in /dev
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: MAKEDEV (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2004-02-17 11:12 EST by Enrico Scholz
Modified: 2007-04-18 13:03 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: 3.8.4-1
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Last Closed: 2004-08-25 20:15:45 EDT
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Description Enrico Scholz 2004-02-17 11:12:11 EST
Description of problem:

MAKDEV places the 'MAKEDEV' binary into /dev. This is bad because:

* this binary will be missing on systems with devfs 
* this binary will be missing on systems with special requirements 
  regarding /dev; e.g. the fedora.us buildsystem has 
  '%_netsharedpath /dev' (--> nothing inside /dev will be created)

Since MAKEDEV is not used to create /dev entries only, but to create
%attr() entries from rpm-specfiles (-M option), package build will 
fail on the systems above.

My suggestion:
Please move the MAKEDEV binary into /sbin, and create a symlink to
/dev/MAKEDEV. Such a symlink can be created easily on the systems
mentioned above.

The %pre check for devfs can be removed too when doing this.

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Comment 1 Harald Hoyer 2004-08-26 06:45:48 EDT
yes, please make this happen!

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