On Wed, 2 May 2001, kevin lyda wrote:
> ok, why are network devices special under linux/unix? why isn't
> there a /dev/eth0? "interfaces" have their own special namespace,
> completely separate from every other namespace. why?
because those Berkely hippies decided to ignore the 'everything is a
file' convention and instead came up with a completely new API for
/dev/ifX would only be useful for reading/sending raw frames.
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