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CONFIG_DEVPTS_FS: /dev/pts file system for Unix98 PTYs

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_DEVPTS_FS:

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You should say Y here if you said Y to "Unix98 PTY support" above. You'll then get a virtual file system which can be mounted on /dev/pts with "mount -t devpts". This, together with the pseudo terminal master multiplexer /dev/ptmx, is used for pseudo terminal support as described in The Open Group's Unix98 standard: in order to acquire a pseudo terminal, a process opens /dev/ptmx; the number of the pseudo terminal is then made available to the process and the pseudo terminal slave can be accessed as /dev/pts/<number>. What was traditionally /dev/ttyp2 will then be /dev/pts/2, for example.

The GNU C library glibc 2.1 contains the requisite support for this mode of operation; you also need client programs that use the Unix98 API. Please read Documentation/Changes for more information about the Unix98 pty devices.



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