devices refers to questions about the Unix/Linux device special files, normally these are under /dev. Do not use this tag for physical devices (for that use e.g. usb or pci).

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Why does the UNIX system need so many [0-byte] drives at /dev/* [duplicate]

So I recently asked this question, which lead me to run this command: $ du -sk /dev/* Which outputs about 353 different entries that look like this: 0 /dev/sdt 0 /dev/stderr 0 /dev/stdin 0 ...
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How to inspect the contents of /dev/sdt?

I have what I hope is not a huge problem, but could end up being a very large problem. For some context, I mistakenly ran this command on my 27'' iMac: sudo dd if=ubuntu-rescue.img of=/dev/sdt ...
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Trouble with understanding the concept of mounting

Having read both What is meant by mounting a device in Linux? and understanding "mount" as a concept in the OS, I have a problem where it is stated that All accessible storage must have ...
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Difference between /dev and /sys

Exactly what is the difference between devfs and sysfs? Both seem to maintain a list of hardwares attached to the system. Then why the need for 2 separate fs even arose? As far as I can get /sys ...
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What is the difference between /dev/sda and /dev/hda? [duplicate]

Sometimes internal harddrives are available as /dev/sda (with subsequent media located in /dev/sdb etc), and other times available as /dev/hda. What is the difference between the two? Does it vary ...
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Remote Mouse netcat (/dev/input/mice)

I was playing around with nc and I'm discovering how powerful and versatile this tool is. I was wondering how the file /dev/input/mice works because when I do cat /dev/input/mice you see the output, ...
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Device nodes for an ATSC tuner not created

I'm trying to use an external tuner to tune to ATSC signals. But when I plug in the USB-Tuner I could see only frontend created. $ ls -ld /dev/dvb/adapter*{,/*} drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 60 Dec 5 ...
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chroot with unionfs-fuse, can't access /dev/*

I have created the a chroot jail in combination with unionfs-fuse so that I don't need to install another system inside it. However, the resulting system's /dev entries are not readable.This is ...
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Do all devices under Linux have a device node?

I know that each device on Linux is either a char or block or network device. Do all physical devices that exist on Linux have a device node under the /dev directory? I'm not talking here about ...
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Does network interface device have device inodes [duplicate]

Does network devices have device nodes because i have looked inside /dev directory and have not found any corresponding device node although it's up and running
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who is accessing /dev/video0

I have a streaming video feed set up with the motion package. something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGkHSU-UPLU works Great. What I want to know, is who is connecting to my streaming ...
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give group permissions to specific device

I have a panning web camera I built, (future robot arm). The camera pans via a web interface (cgi scripts and JS interface) which access an arduino. To enable sending of commands via the interface, I ...
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Trying to read USB Audio Device, but /dev/hidraw0 is unavailable for reading

I'm trying to write a simple driver for my USB Sound Card (just for fun) on Xubuntu 14.04 -- for example, I want to have an opportunity to control volume on my laptop via this device. The problem is ...
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Capturing data from a Fluke 1620a via Bash /dev/tcp file descriptor

I am currently trying to develop a script that will connect to a Fluke DewK 1620a Themo-Hygrometer and pull the current temperature and humidity readings from the device. While these devices have a ...
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Is there support for flattened device tree in Sparc 32 port of the Linux kernel?

We are trying to write a minimal bootloader for booting the linux kernel on a Sparc V8 processor simulator. From what I understand, the interface between the bootloader and kernel consists of a data ...
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Can't Make a LDD for a Devkit8000

I'm trying to build a Linux Device Driver for a Devkit 8000. I'm getting the following errormessage: When I try to follow it's directions I get asked a bunch of yes/no questions I don't really ...
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How to run an application with certain group permissions?

I have a 3D printer, with which my PC can communicate through /dev/ttyACM0: crw-rw---- 1 root uucp 166, 0 16 nov 14:58 ttyACM0 The 3D printing application repetierHost requires read/write access ...
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create several /dev/xconsole files automatically upon boot

I understand from my previous question that the /dev/xconsole file can be created using mkfifo. On my system (Debian Wheezy), /dev/xconsole gets created automatically. I am wondering who creates it ...
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Why does a device show up as hidraw instead of hiddev?

I read the kernel documentation for hidraw and hiddev, and I understand the differences, but I am wondering how the kernel decides whether or not a device should show up as /dev/hidraw* or ...
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How to disable USB devices based on their vendor ID on GNU/Linux?

In that question someone wanted a blacklist for all USB devices, and then only allow specific devices. In this question, we want to accept all USB devices, but prevent the driver (e.g. cdc_acm) from ...
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PC speaker device missing

I've just connected a small internal PC speaker to my motherboard. The beep command is producing sounds correctly. The pcspkr is loaded but there is no /dev/pcsp, so I cannot send audio to it. How ...
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Why is my Mac, upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite, no longer giving VMware Fusion needed resources?

I have a Mac upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite. When I tried to run VMware Fusion, I got an error stating: Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory. Please make sure that the kernel ...
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talk to modbus device

I currently have a minimal install of Red Hat 6.5 running, on the machine I need to talk to a modbus device. I am wondering what tools and drivers are needed on a linux machine to talk to a modbus ...
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Mount an ISO virtually using /dev/sr0 device

I'm doing a study about how CD-ROM can be mounted virtually and all I could find out was mounting using loop devices. mount -o loop disk1.iso /mount-point This is fairly easy. I understand that ...
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Bad/strange USB device issue: failed to shutdown/restart

On a fresh Arch Linux installation with Intel i7 processor and an Nvidia graphics card, I noticed during boot log messages related to a usb device filled the screen before it reached the graphical ...
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What happens if I run fsck on /dev/sda instead of /dev/sda1?

When I have run fsck in the past I have always run it on what I thought was a filesystem partition, ie. fsck -yf /dev/sdaN, where N is the partition number on disk A. A friend of mine recently ran ...
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How/where are linux device capabilities / bitfields set?

I have a device that has this output in /proc/bus/input/devices: I: Bus=0003 Vendor=05b8 Product=3280 Version=0111 N: Name="PixArt USB Optical Mouse" P: Phys=usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.1/input0 S: ...
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How can I mount the Logitech C270 in the zynq-7000 (with Linaro linux)?

I am doing camera control programming for a university project using zynq 7000. I want to mount the camera module that's for the Logitech C270 (like this ...
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Are there alternatives to using `udev`?

While I understand the greatness of udev and appreciate the developers' effort, I was simply wondering if there is an alternative to it. For instance, I might imagine there should be a way to make ...
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create several /dev/xconsole files

I am using /dev/xconsole to send system logs from rsyslog. That works great, because I am don't have to store the logs on disk. I would like to have another similar file , i.e /dev/xconsole1 where I ...
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How do you determine the capabilities of a WebCam?

I have a collection of WebCam's lying around. Some of them are new, some go back a decade (gotta love not having to "upgrade" devices in Linux :). Somehow I've developed the impression that ...
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Is the device tree compiler tied to the kernel version?

I have a situation in which same device trees are used with different kernels. Can the device trees be build only once and used with all kernels? The reason I ask this is because I found the device ...
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cannot create special file /dev/pts/0

When using midnight commander in console, I cannot "toggle" the window (using CTRL-o Not an xterm or Linux console; the panels cannot be toggled however, my $TERM is set to linux. After some ...
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character device file (rtai_shm) disappears under runlevel=5 in fedora9 (exists when runlevel=3)

I am trying to run Realtime (RTAI) on my Linux Fedora 9 machine. For that, it is needed to have a character device file, named rtai_shm, in /dev, that takes care of shared memory. I have made this ...
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unitek nec upd720200 not detected

I've decided to buy an USB3.0 controller on PCI for my debian machine. I did a short research and it appeared that NEC chips will be fine. I've bought Unitek NEC UPD720200 and I does not work: I ...
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Determine driver for network interface [duplicate]

I wanted to see which driver was associated with some of the network interfaces listed by ip link. My first thought was to find the network interfaces in /dev and look at the device major and minor ...
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USB 3G dongle internet keeps failing on Fedora 20 laptop

I use a 3G dongle for internet in my summerhouse, it has worked fine all summer, but since yesterday it has been losing connection, or something and I have to unplug it and insert it again for the ...
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Looking at the content of a character device's file [duplicate]

Why is it possible to look at the contents of a block device's file like /dev/sda using cat or a hex editor? Why can I not do the same for a character device like /dev/pts/3?
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How do I send RTSP video to a program that reads from a character device?

I have an IP-CAM that streams video over RTSP and I want to detect bar codes from it with zbarcam (from Ubuntu's zbar-tools package). According zbarcam's manual, it expects to be given a video4linux ...
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equivalent of `grep -a /dev/sda1` on Darwin?

I want to run something like % sudo grep -i -a 'some-string' <drive device> On Linux, <drive device> would be something like /dev/sda1. How can I find the equivalent on Darwin? (In ...
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Transfering content of block devices

For the purpose of backups, I'd like to transfer (several) whole disk partitions over an ssh link. So the source is a block special device, and the target should be a regular file. Common tools seem ...
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look up the device from its tty file?

Here is from my Ubuntu $ ls /dev/*tty* /dev/tty /dev/tty17 /dev/tty26 /dev/tty35 /dev/tty44 /dev/tty53 /dev/tty62 /dev/ttyS12 /dev/ttyS21 /dev/ttyS30 /dev/tty0 /dev/tty18 /dev/tty27 ...
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/dev/sda not appearing after secure erase

I decided to wipe my SSD with a secure erase before installing Arch Linux, since the Arch wiki said that it would improve performance. I followed the instructions listed on the wiki, but now when I ...
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PCI header in my laptop looks different from free-electrons' PCI header

I'm trying to develope a pci driver but I can not compile it because my pci header is quite different from books and references. My distribution is 3.15.7-1-ARCH. ...
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How can I set device rw permissions permanetnly on raspbian?

Im using Raspbian (distribution made for Raspberry Pi based on Debian). I have some scripts that use i2c. Normally only root has read and write permissions for i2c. Im using this command to add i2c ...
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Does Posix require any devices?

Does Posix require any devices? For example, /dev/urandom, /dev/zero or /dev/null? I suspect not because of non-*nix OSes, but wanted to ask for completeness.
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How to programatically detect when a device raises an interrupt?

How to programatically detect when a device raises an interrupt? This can be when a device is connected or disconnected. And also this case: for example: when a finger is held over a fingerprint ...
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Hotplug Device Driver Priority

Is it possible to have more than one driver for one purpose (eg. USB) included in the Linux kernel? If so, then how does the kernel decide which one to load?
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Prevent USB storage from using different device on reset

I have a hard drive in a USB enclosure that I am doing some data recovery on. The drive is in extremely bad shape and frequently resets on reads. The device registers as /dev/sdb. Sometimes, probably ...
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How to get device filename from lsusb output or by device path

Related question: USB connect/disconnect notification When the device is plugged/unplugged, I get instant notification, that's great. But to make it (almost) perfect, I also want to get device ...