I just noticed that hotplug has been removed from unstable, claiming that it has been 'superseded' by udev.

On the few occasions that I did try udev, it's always failed for me; as such, I'm still using hotplug on my machines. It's just way more reliable, in my experience; and I don't need automounting of CD-ROMs, or user-space scripts doing setup of kernel-space device nodes, anyway.

There are also still some 2000 machines using hotplug, according to That probably includes me, but I don't have 2000 systems.

So I have a dillemma, here: either try udev again, or pick up maintenance of hotplug. Or figure out whether it's possible to use udev's hotplugging abilities without its /dev management. That would rock.