[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: bash-3.2.25-17

Igor Peshansky pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Fri Oct 19 13:46:00 GMT 2007

On Fri, 19 Oct 2007, Eric Blake wrote:

> According to Igor Peshansky on 10/19/2007 7:29 AM:
> >> Why not create a stand-alone package in the base category which
> >> consists of just the postinstall script?
> >
> > I could, but the issue is more basic than where the script lives.  Right
> > now Cygwin populates the /dev directory as a virtual directory within the
> > DLL.  The script I'm talking about will make /dev a real directory, and
> > the only thing Cygwin will deal with is devices.
> >
> > What the transition would entail is not clear to me.
> But the bash postinstall script already creates /dev as a real directory,
> as of my release announcement; it just isn't very populated.  I think
> making the script its own package in base, then making bash depend on that
> package, would be worthwhile.

Sorry, I was imprecise.  Whether /dev is a real directory or not is
irrelevant.  However, the *files* in /dev are virtual, and therefore the
command "mknod -m 666 c 1 3 /dev/null" will fail, because, as far as the
Cygwin DLL is concerned, /dev/null already exists.

Plus, we might get into some ordering issues on when to run this script...
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