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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Standard way to expose device file to userland applications running on an unprivileged user account?

I just finished the first version of a Linux kernel module I've written in C. The module creates a device file (/dev/wn0) that controls a USB device with three LED lights. For example, running as ...
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Testing, from a script, if audio devices are in silent?

Is there a default program where I can check if my audio devices are in silent? Edit: By silence, I mean that if there is something playing on that (not just activated or opened) Something like ...
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What files are being updated or written in /dev/sda?

root@host [/etc]# iostat -xk Linux 2.6.32-279.19.1.el6.x86_64 (host.superhostsite.com) 01/13/2013 _x86_64_ (24 CPU) avg-cpu: %user %nice %system %iowait %steal %idle ...
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Connected Android device - brings the network down?

I have dealt with sensitive development under Android, and have recently decided to switch to Linux now sit under (Mint 13 - KDE). But strangely, when the Android device is connected, my network goes ...
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ttyUSB0 permission changes after restart

I'm trying to install a device. I plug in the device which creates a ttyUSB0 file. When I open it in the program I need it for, it says the permission is denied. I type in terminal sudo chmod 666 ...
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What are character special and block special files in a unix system?

How are character special files and block special files different from regular files in a Inix-like system? Why are they called “character special” and “block special” respectively?
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Monitor what is being sent to /dev/null?

Just for fun: Is there a way to monitor/capture/dump whatever is being written to /dev/null? On Debian, or FreeBSD, if it matters, any other OS specific solutions are also welcome.
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How do I let an SDL app (not running as root) use the console

I want to use an SDL-based program to display graphics on the console, without having to log on from the console, and without running the program as root. For example, I want to be able to run it via ...
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Why I have two /dev/sdx entries with a single disk?

In my laptop (running Linux) I have only one SSD, connected to the SATA3 port. Why I have two sdx entries in /dev directory? In particular I see /dev/sda and /dev/sdb, and /dev/sda is the SSD: # ...
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How can I tell whether a network interface is physical (device) or virtual (alias)?

I have a small home router running OpenWrt (Kind of embedded Linux for routers). It has five Ethernet ports, one labeled WAN and four labeld LAN 1 to 4. It has the following Network Interfaces defined ...
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Prevent usbhid from claiming USB device

Directly related: Prevent claiming of novelty usb device by usbhid so I can control it with libusb? I want to access an RFID reader (works as HID device) from a program that uses libusb-0.1. In the ...
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Mount printers at /dev/usb and still use CUPS

Due to a new version of CUPS, I suddenly lost the direct path to my printers that was previously available under /dev/usb/lpXXX. I used this to print directly from the command line. echo "test" > ...
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What causes /dev/disk/by-label to be populated?

I've noticed that Linux distributions typically have a /dev/disk/by-label directory, but this isn't always the case (For example, the CirrOS Linux test image doesn't have one). What's required on a ...
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How do I find out the device node corresponding to my device in SuSE 8?

I'm forced to work with a bunch of point-of-sale systems running SuSE 8. They are my client's computers. We are stuck dealing with these old systems until they get to upgrade their whole fleet to SLE ...
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Why are there symlinks in /dev? (LVM)

[root@SERVER ~] ls -la /dev/vg/root lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 2012-10-28 10:29 /dev/vg/root -> ../mapper/vg-root [root@SERVER ~] QUESTION: Why are there symlinks? Why there couldn't be only 1 ...
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Disk size management

I am using Fedora 16. My /dev/sda2, mounted on / (root) with something like 50G got filled 100%: [foampile@~ 13:13:39]> df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on rootfs ...
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Is 'device' synonymous with 'drive' in Unix-like OS's?

In Unix/Linux terminology, are the words 'device' and 'drive' synonymous?
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Why slowusb and scandelay?

I'm running linux-3.4.9 compiled with genkernel, and booting from a USB HDD. I was slightly annoyed by the slow boot process, in particular, during the execution of genkernel scripts at the modprobe ...
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Chroot Risks w/ /dev and /proc

I am planning to set up a few chroot jails for some users to run/test Java applications (lets just assume each application is untrusted). Is there any risk involved with mounting /dev and /proc into ...
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What happens when I do “cat debian.iso > /dev/sdX”?

I'm creating a live-USB and don't understand precisely: what happens when I copy a file (or even a file system) directly to a device node (as opposed to a file system)?
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Does the suid bit have any meaning for device files?

Does the suid bit have any special meaning for device files in Linux ?
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How to know the event by looking at /dev/input/by-id

I want to access the keyboard device driver. I usually accesses it by looking at /dev/input/by-name but the event provided by it gets changed every time I log in. After searchin on the Net, I found ...
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How does /dev/fd relate to /proc/self/fd/?

$ ls -l /dev/stdin /dev/fd/0 lrwx------ 1 tim tim 64 2011-08-07 09:53 /dev/fd/0 -> /dev/pts/2 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 2011-08-06 08:14 /dev/stdin -> /proc/self/fd/0 $ ls -l /dev/pts/2 ...
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Understand output of `udevadm info -a -n /dev/sdb`

I plug an external HDD into my laptop. I try to find out the information by $ udevadm info -a -n /dev/sdb Udevadm info starts with the device specified by the devpath and then walks up the chain of ...
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FreeBSD: Remove symlinks in devfs

Background I have been rebuilding a small home NAS. This server represents my first 'real' foray into the world of server administration and it has taught me quite a bit already. Originally, the ...
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What driver is behind a certain device file?

Given a device file, say /dev/sdb, is it possible to determine what driver is behind it? Specifically, I want to determine what driver my storage devices are using. fdisk -l lists 2 devices: /dev/sda ...
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Do I need ephemeral storage?

I was running a small instance on Amazon EC2. I'm trying to migrate it to a micro as it requires very minimal processing power. One thing I just learned though, is that micro instances do not come ...
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Limiting write rate of a device

How does one go about limiting the write/read rate of a device, E.G., USB drive, SD card? Motivation behind this question is covered here (superuser.com).
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Choosing a device name under /dev from the kernel command line

I am booting CentOS via a USB install. The boot method is simply booting the ISO from GRUB2 installed on the USB Key. The USB key always gets the "name" /dev/sda. Can I change that name from the ...
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“nopage” method for ISA vs PCI [closed]

This is with reference to LDD3 ch. 15, section "Mapping memory with nopage". I am having trouble understanding the third paragraph on page 429. It says: Note that this implementation works for ISA ...
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What are the differences between the current Linux kernel and the Unix SVR4 kernel in terms of device drivers+i/o and virtual files systems?

Yes I realize that Linux supports many more file systems and recognizes more devices than Unix SVR4. I'm interested in what the differences are in the abstraction on top of an actual file system, or ...
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Does the kernel delete entries in /dev on an initramfs?

I have a fully custom, minimal, embedded Linux (vanilla, 3.3.8, i486, Vortex86dx) system that boots from an initramfs image. No standard distribution scripts are used, just a single rcS file that does ...
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cfgmgr like command under Linux?

cfgmgr is a command under AIX/ksh that checks for new hardware; e.g. new HDD's that have been added without a shutdown. Question: Are there any similar commands under Linux? If "fdisk -l" doesn't ...
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Hidden ext4 partition?

Is there a way to hide an ext4 partition from e.g Thunar? And the open file/save dialog , I think they come from the same source.
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How can I uniquely identify which device is on USB `hub 6-0:1.0: port 2`?

How can I uniquely identify which device is on USB hub 6-0:1.0: port 2? I receive messages in my dmesg every now and then and I want the system to tell me which device is connected to that port. ...
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Prevent claiming of novelty usb device by usbhid so I can control it with libusb?

I have a USB rocket launcher that I wish to experiment with through libusb. However, libusb cannot claim the interface; presumably because the output of usb-devices lists 'usbhid' as the driver for ...
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Can I setup a loopback audio device?

If I can send audio to the output devices, then I can record the same audio as a wave. With filesystems, you can just setup a loopback filesystem and write binary data on a file instead of a device. ...
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Build an Affordable Linux Tablet [closed]

I have 3 young children and my wife has asked that the girls get a tablet, for basic gaming, and online web tutorials (school work usually). Has anyone created or built a good affordable Linux ...
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problem exporting /media as an nfs share: why does it happen?

I've got two netbooks. One netbook has two installed Linux systems: openSUSE 11.04 and Debian testing. By default, in Debian, gnome mounts the /home filesystem for openSUSE, which shows up in gnome's ...
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Is there any way to control the light value of the Apple logo on a MacBook?

I'd like to mess around a bit with controlling the Apple logo on the outside of my MacBook Pro from Ubuntu. (I'd like to hook it up to my music and have it light up and down with the decibels :]) ...
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What's the difference between 'no caching page mode present' and 'assuming drive cache. write through.'

Post-POST, post-BIOS screen, post-GRUB; when I boot Debian with a SD card or USB stick plugged in, one of the first things to pop up on the screen (so quickly that usually I don't even notice) looks a ...
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Manipulating `/dev/video`

I'd like to take the video stream from /dev/video0, apply some effects or changes and make the result available on /dev/video1. /dev/video0 ---> Apply Effects ---> /dev/video1 For example, mplayer ...
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udev weirdness: /dev/hda1 mounted but file not present

I think my question is related to udev and/or udisks, but I am really not sure at all what's going on here. To start with, my system works more or less fine. The less part is due to the fact that, ...
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How to create /dev/null?

I successfully deleted my /dev/null. How can I restore it? The OS is Ubuntu.
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Unclaim a device

So I am using Ubuntu and trying to use some hardware which I had some problems with before. The problem before was that the company who made my hardware sold their internal parts to another company ...
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Silicon Wave USB Bluetooth Adapter doesn't work

I have been trying to use my usb bluetooth adapter(silicon wave) on ubuntu 11.10 server, it appears in the lsusb list but it doesn't work Bus 005 Device 003: ID 0c10:0000 root@i5-PC:/home/john# ...
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Applying an IO redirection&audio device example in Fedora

Here is an example I saw in a webpage which uses IO redirection to make the audio device make sound. less sound.wav > /dev/audio But I cannot do it in Fedora. It outputs the input data format is ...
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How do mouse events work in linux?

This is mostly out of curiosity, I'm trying to understand how event handling works on a low level, so please don't reference me to a software that'll do it for me. If for example I want to write a ...
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What do first column in /proc/mounts really mean in Linux?

Run cat /proc/mounts and I get this (simplified): rootfs / rootfs rw 0 0 proc /proc proc rw,relatime 0 0 /dev/sda1 / ext3 rw,relatime,errors=continue,barrier=1,data=ordered 0 0 io /etc/blkio cgroup ...
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How to get my USB key to auto mount

I'm currently working in a command line only environment. When I plug my USB key in, I see a new device file in /dev: ... sdi sdi1 ... If I simply sudo mount /dev/sdi1 /media/tmp, and umount it ...