/dev layout cleanup

The /dev layout has been cleaned up to comply to the device names specified in the Linux kernel documentation. We had some legacy left from our devfs days, which has now been removed. With this update, it is important that initscripts (2009.07-3), filesystem (2009.07-1), udev (141-5) and syslog-ng (3.0.3-2) are all updated together.

The most obvious change from a users perspective is the vc/->tty transition. The initscripts-2007.08 update requires adjusting the /etc/inittab file to refer to tty instead of vc/. Due to severe system breakages if this file is not updated, this change will be automatically handled by pacman. The original /etc/inittab file is saved as /etc/inittab.pacsave. To be clear:

  • package /etc/inittab -> inittab.pacnew (if needed)
  • system /etc/inittab -> inittab.pacsave
  • system /etc/inittab --sed--> inittab

Make sure to check these files after the update and do any merging that is required. Any users who have modified the /etc/securetty file should make sure to merge that file also.