[patch 1/2] staging: speakup: add function to convert dev name to number

Samuel Thibault samuel.thibault at ens-lyon.org
Wed Jun 14 08:18:19 EDT 2017

Greg KH, on mer. 14 juin 2017 13:48:02 +0200, wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 01:26:09PM +0200, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> > Greg KH, on mer. 14 juin 2017 12:15:41 +0200, wrote:
> > > Ah, no, nevermind, you just need the major/minor.  So why not just take
> > > that as the input here, and not a string?
> > 
> > Because real users don't know about major/minor numbers.
> I'm not disagreeing, it's just that the kernel doesn't know about
> "device names" either :)

Well, it does for the console= parameter, for instance.  I know it's not
actually related with major/minor numbering, but it's still meant to
designate the same thing.

> And trying to have the kernel do the mapping based on strings like this
> is not ok, sorry.

So what is the solution?  Users would find it completely crazy to have
to provide major/minor numbers.


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