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On Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:20:28 +0100
Martin Herrman <martin@...> wrote:
> works perfect here.
Thanks for the report -- even though, to me, it's bad news.
> Curious: why aren't you using udev?
I've been using Linux since 1998 and I like most the opportunity
for control that Linux allows. To suit my minimalist needs, I have
customized my system to a great extent. For example, I have completely
eliminated the complex and cumbersome initialization scripts that
are found in /etc/init.d, /etc/conf.d, and other locations. In their
place I wrote my own very simple initialization script that automatically
boots into console (no login). From there I can go to X (my usual action)
or just use the console for configuration, troubleshooting, or other tasks.
(I probably should not admit this. If any Gentoo maintainers hear about
it they would flatly refuse to help if any problems arise. But I think
that I understand the system well enough to take this approach safely.)
I have also eliminated udev as part of this simplification. I know what's
on my machine and what has to be done to enable it. I would rather not
have actions performed "automagically" for me whenever I plug in a USB
printer of storage device. Part of the reason is philosophical and part
is just a desire to understand the OS better.
Linux allows many possibilities for customization and, IMO, that is half
the fun of using it. Most distributions, including Gentoo, adhere to the
standard methods. But if one has the inclination for exploration then
there is much that can be done to go well beyond the standard methods.