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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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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udev Unable to Rename Network Device: Device or Resource Busy

I'm trying to use udev rules in order to give my network interfaces static, consistent names. However, it seems like there is some race condition happening preventing these rules from consistently ...
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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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What’s the difference between a “raw” and a “cooked” device driver?

Does this concept only apply to terminal drivers (which is what most sites cover) or to any driver in general?
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Map physical USB device path to the Bus/Device number returned by lsusb

I need to get the title of the attached USB device. I can do that with lsusb. udev allows some substitutions when I write rules: say, we can use $kernel to get name of the device, or $devpath to get ...
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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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Why won't Linux let me play with /dev/dsp?

I'm working through a Linux textbook, and it's telling me about devices. It says that if I send the appropriate output to /dev/dsp, then it will play a sound. The example is cat file.wav > ...
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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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Why does the SELinux filesystem have it's own null device?

Looking through /sys/fs/selinux, I found this: # ls -l /sys/fs/selinux/null crw-rw-rw-. 1 root root 1, 3 Jan 24 02:47 /sys/fs/selinux/null Which is identical to /dev/null: # ls -l /dev/null ...
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Explain EV in /proc/bus/input/devices data

Can anybody explain to me what the EV value in /proc/bus/input/devices is? The keyboard always has value 120013. Why?
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Perform an action when a wireless keyboard is connected

I need to perform a command when I connect a bluetooth keyboard. How can I 'listen' this event?
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How do I setup more then 10 loopback device?

From this answer the solution is to modprobe loop max_loop=64 Which makes me allowed to use 64 loopback devices then mknod -m 660 /dev/loop8 b 7 8 To create the devices. I did this for 8, 9, 10 ...
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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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console (driver) not opening using any of the editor

In my initramfs, I have; [root@xilinx Peta_Microzed_15_05]# ls initramfs/dev/ console [root@xilinx Peta_Microzed_15_05]# nano initramfs/dev/console [root@xilinx Peta_Microzed_15_05]# The above ...
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Shell command to read device registers?

On a single-board computer running Linux, is there a way to read the contents of the device configuration registers that control hardware? I think it would be a wrapper for inw(), more or less. I'm ...
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Can renaming a network device cause race conditions?

Arch uses predictable network interface names. MATLAB licenses are linked to the MAC address of eth0, so I need to rename one of my devices eth0. In a machines with only one NIC I can just turn off ...
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PCI configuration registers problem

I'm trying to get my new Realtek RTL-8169 NIC (over CardBus) to work, but I'm having this weird problem. My lspci -x output looks like this: [root@comp]# lspci -x -d *:8169 07:00.0 Non-VGA ...
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Two Linux Mint 16 systems Skyping--one can see both parties on webcam, the other can see neither

I installed Linux Mint 16 32-bit edition on my netbook and a friend's laptop. When we Skype, I can see her live image, and I can see my own live image, so everything looks and sounds right on my end. ...
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what is the difference between Device driver and kernel module

i know that driver is a software that can communicate with the hardware in order to control the device that attached to the computer.whereas kernel module is a small piece of code that can inserted ...
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Check if a drive has been Zeroed with xxd and uniq?

I'm looking for a way to check if the entire binary contents of a USB device are purely 0s. I'm trying this command: sudo xxd /dev/sdb | uniq but it has no output and just runs forever. I've ...
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How does cat know the baud rate of the serial port?

I regularly use cat to view debugging information in the console from my FPGA development board over the serial connection, but I never have had to tell linux what the baud rate is. How does cat know ...
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Can I change devices permissions with chmod?

Before read: I don't want to use any udev rule. I need to change (programmatically) the permissions of some device. But first in order to underestand what I have to do (in code) I want to make the ...
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Debian - cannot find cdrom

Having a jessie/sid debian box on kernel 3.13 (had same issue on kernel 3.10) First thing I notices was that k3b didn't find any optical drives. Then: The optical drives (dvd-writers) are found in ...
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How to get address of connected USB modem?

I just connected my N81 telephone as USB modem to Linux Mint 14. All works fine, just wondering how to find a full path to this device, something like /dev/tty*.
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Why does RTC device have 254,0 instead of 10,135 as Major,Minor numbers?

Why isn't /dev/rtc the well known "c 10 135" device that it's on x86, but a magic undocumented "c 254 0" device? Devices.txt lists this major number as LOCAL/EXPERIMENTAL USE. I'm working on a ...
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Unable to use busybox implementation of hwclock

I have a buildroot generated kernel (3.6.11) and root file system running on an x86 device. It uses busybox and I am trying to set the BIOS hardware clock using hwclock. I get this error whenever I ...
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How creation of new USB device file in /dev/bus/usb/001/ directory work?

I noticed that every time I connect a USB device, a new device gets created in the /dev/bus/usb/001/ directory. Further on each reconnection of the same device, the "Device Number" and "ID" change. ...
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Why is my embedded Linux unable to detect the sd device?

I have this ARM9 SAM9G25 embedded System, running a Linux 2.6.39 Kernel and a Busybox. I put the Images (of the bootloaders, and the linux+initramfs) on a SD so that in the end the system is booting ...
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Is there a way to change device names in /dev directory?

I wrote this rule for testing purpose: SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{manufacturer}=="Kingston", ATTRS{serial}=="001CC0EC34A2BB318709004B", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0951", ATTRS{idProduct}=="1642", ...
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Mounting a device — role of /dev, /media and /mnt, and the mount command [closed]

I have several closely related questions about what happens when I insert a CD. The files on the CD /media/Ubuntu\ 11.04\ i386/, but from what I've seen /dev/cdrom is also involved. What is the ...
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Unable to find root device / sda partitions missing

I have installed Archlinux, and after that GRUB. I manually entered menu entries for both my Windows and Arch installation. GRUB has no problems booting, and can successfully load in Windows. It ...
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Writing /dev/random to file?

If you ran the following, what would happen? cat /dev/random > ~/randomFile # don't run Would it be written until the drive runs out of space, or would the system see a problem with this and ...
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Confusion about group `cdrom` in linux system

When I type command groups ubuntu, the output would we like, ubuntu : ubuntu adm dialout cdrom floppy audio dip video plugdev netdev admin I am interested in the cdrom group. What does the group ...
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Execute command when mouse is pluged/unpluged on GNU/Linux

Is it possible to have something like event handler for plugging unpluggig a mouse in Unix System? I want to have a script that will enable/disable touchpad but not only on startup (you can find ...
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Fedora unable to detect USB or wireless networks? [closed]

I installed Fedora(Gnome) 19 on a Dell Inspiron with Intel i3 processor, and a factory built-in Windows 7 home premium OS. The installation process completed successfully. But now when I log into ...
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Mount partition with truecrypt using the commandline

I'm trying to mount a encrypted HDD with truecrypt, but I cann't find the device. Where can I finde my HDD and what is the command to mount it in truecrypt? I'm using Raspbian on Raspberypi.
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Allow non-root user to read/write /dev files

In my /dev folder, I would like the following files to be user readable and writable: /dev/ttyUSB0 /dev/gpib0 How do I do this without using chgrp? I can edit /etc/udev/rules.d but I do not know ...
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Getting message “Error trying to open /dev/dvd exclusively” at the end of a DVD burning process when using growisofs

I am using Linux Fedora Core 4 (have to work with a legacy system) and trying to burn DVDs as a non-root user using the growisofs utility. I seem to be getting this error message at the end of the ...
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Disable emulated scroll wheel (EmulateWheel) for specific programs

Is it possible to disable evdev's EmulateWheel option when using specific programs? In my use case, I would like to be able to interact with the Acme text editor and with some VMs using my Thinkpad's ...
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Permission of DVD device file not being retained when machine is rebooted

I am using Linux Fedora 4 and would like a non-root user to be able to write to DVDs using the DVD drive. I was able to do this by adding write access to the group of the device file /dev/scd0 and ...
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Create a fake read only device like file with incrond

I need to generate UUID with uuidgen (not through any function call, but external command, because processes which will read the file cannot call any APIs or external commands directly). My idea is ...
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What happens under the hood when some data is sent/received on an uart (or similar)?

I am trying to understand how computers work and I was thinking about peripherals. Here is what I understand so far but some parts are missing. Using an Arduino, I send some text every second (a then ...
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Is there a uniform way to discover information about devices?

UPD: Changed question title from manage devices to discover information about devices One of the frequent thing I do is look up info about devices on my systems. And I am constantly find myself ...
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/dev/sdb: No such file or directory (but /dev/sdb1 etc. exist)

I'm not sure what is wrong here but when running fdisk -l I don't get an output, and when running fdisk /dev/sdb # I get this fdisk: unable to open /dev/sdb: No such file or directory I'm ...
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Using USB hub for keyboard and mouse in multiseat

I want to configure a 2 user multi-seat in Linux. Is it possible to configure keyboard and mouse for second seat with a USB hub on a single USB port or I need to connect each of them to a separate USB ...