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Re: [alpine-devel] smdev

From: Jakub Jirutka <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2016 13:45:36 +0200

Hi Cág,

I wonder, what are the differences between mdev and smdev? What are the benefits of smdev for end users?

I currently see one significant drawback - smdev (and all other suckless projects) doesn't support textual configuration files. This approach doesn't go well with binary distributions; users can't simply change any settings. I understand the reasons behind using header files for config, but the fact is that it's not very convenient for users.


On 1 July 2016 17:36:52 CEST, "Cág" <> wrote:
>Hi there,
>I was politely asked to report it to here, so there it is.
>On my systemd-less experimental Debian installation I got rid of udev
>(almost completely, some programmes still require libudev1) to use
>It works and I think tis stable enough. Hotplugging works with USB
>(haven't tried with PCI though, it's a laptop!), I can even mount
>without root
>using udevil like it was with udev. I heard Alpine is going to adopt
>some of
>the suckless software and smdev is one of them.
>The fact is though, you can't just "make install" and run it; for me
>it required working with xorg.conf and rc.local; also there is a need
>for writing
>an init script (I use sysvinit right now but have plans for sinit).
>these are details.
>If you have any questions and/or experiments I could do with it, please
>I'm subscribed to the lists (alpine-user also).
>Cheers and have a good weekend,

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