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    Unhappy major & minor numbers

    wht are major & minor numbers use for?

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    Trusted Penguin Irithori's Avatar
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    May 2009
    A little more context please..
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Linux Guru reed9's Avatar
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    I assume you mean like the numbers in Firefox 3.6.9 for example?

    Generally speaking, the major number indicates a significant release, often something with many pervasive changes, or potentially a complete rewrite. Backwards compatibility might be be broken. Moving from left to right, you get progressively less changes involved. Firefox 3.5 to 3.6 involved some new features, but the basics of the browser were the same. The minor point releases, like Firefox 3.6.8 to 3.6.9 are usually just bug fixes.

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    Linux Guru Segfault's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    If this is about device nodes, then major number indicates what driver is in use and minor is the number of device.
    For instance, first partition on first SATA drive is 8,1.

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