[modular-debian] Re: Announcing vdev

  • From: Joel Roth <joelz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: modular-debian@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:51:43 -1000

This sounds amazing. Thanks for your offering to the

Jude Nelson wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I've started working on a dynamic device manager for *nix that I'm calling
> vdev.  My main goals for it are to be portable to !Linux, and to obviate
> the need for systemd-udev and parts of systemd-logind.  It will offer
> comparable functionality to udev, but with per-process device node
> filtering (a requirement that precludes forking udev or going with eudev).
> This means that vdev will be capable of doing things like exposing
> /dev/dri/* and /dev/input/* only to the program at /usr/bin/X, regardless
> of which user/group it runs as.  It won't be necessary for systemd-logind
> to mediate access to device nodes for other programs--since vdev is
> implemented as a FUSE filesystem, it can tell which process makes which I/O
> request and equivocate about the devices it knows about.
> I've taken care to design for portability.  It will be possible one day to
> use vdev on Debian/kFreeBSD and Debian/HURD, as well as OpenBSD, and any
> *nix OS that offers a mechanism for reporting device state changes to
> userspace.  All that is needed is a back-end that can translate and forward
> hardware events to vdev's core logic.
> The project is hosted here:  https://github.com/jcnelson/vdev
> The license is GPLv3.
> The dependencies are:
> * fskit (another project of mine)
> * libpstat (another project of mine)
> * OpenSSL
> * libfuse
> * libc
> * libstdc++ (for STL)
> * libpthread
> This is a nights/weekends project for me since it's not part of $DAYJOB, so
> any contributions, feedback, and feature requests are welcome and
> appreciated :)
> Thanks!
> -Jude

Joel Roth

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