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I was wondering if it were possible to add devices to my computers /dev folder over a network.

In linux philosophy, everything is treated as a file, and if I can have my /home/user1 and /home/user2 folders located somewhere on the network, why not the devices in /dev?

The idea is that I might control, say, a cd drive in another computer or, a monitor on another computer. Can anyone give me some thoughts on adding devices to my /dev folder over a network? The aim is to make something evil of course! (like a 10 monitor PC)

I am just looking for a hack. :-)

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iSCSI would be a good start.

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Sounds like you're looking for Distributed Block Device: http://www.drbd.org/

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