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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Creating a terminal device for interprocess communication

I'd like to know how to create a terminal device to simulate a piece of hardware connected through a serial port. Basically, tty device with a certain baud rate that can be read from and written to ...
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Installing a platform driver

I have recently acquired a device driver for an integrated watchdog timer on a x86 board on which I am running a minimal Linux system. The kernel is 3.6.11 and it has been built using buildroot. My ...
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Special File that causes I/O error

I want to automatically test if a piece of software reacts as expected if an essential SQLite DB file fails to be read (causing an I/O error). Exactly that happened some days ago at a client. We ...
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Why doesn't `head -c 2 /dev/hwrng` work?

I have an Atmel 97SC3201 in my computer and set the following in the kernel: CONFIG_HW_RANDOM_TPM CONFIG_TCG_TPM CONFIG_TCG_ATMEL /dev has tpm0 and hwrng, but running this command returns the ...
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RHEL: Creating stable names for network interfaces

We have a RHEL 5.5 box with 8 interfaces. And the eth interface naming is flip flopping. Sometimes eth0 comes up on physical port 7th, and sometimes on another physical port. We want the naming to ...
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/dev/console points to tty0?

I've been trying to understand the /dev/console device, but there are a few things I'm not clear on: What is the purpose of this device? From what I can gather it's just a place for the kernel to ...
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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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How to know when a device is ready

I have firewire mixing console and I wrote an udev rule which calls a script to set up the whole audio chain (alsa -> pulseaudio -> jackd -> firewire) as soon an the console is switched on. Now I ...
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Creating eth0 with consistent network device naming

From my understanding, Arch Linux uses Consistent Network Device Naming where the network devices are no longer named eth0, eth1, etc. I use the proprietary MATLAB software which requires a device ...
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Linux : Major and Minor device numbers

What types of devices fall under the major device number category and what types of devices fall under the minor device number category. What is the real difference between the two categories?
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How to Reset/Cycle Power to a PCIe Device?

I have a PCIe device that only works correctly when the computer is fully powered off then on again. Issuing a simple reboot or reboot -p command does not appear to cycle the power to the PCIe card, ...
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wlan number assignment

How or where does Linux determine the assignment of a network device? Specifically, wlan0 or wlan1 for wireless USB devices. I plugged in a TP USB wireless a while ago, and it was assigned wlan0. I ...
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Automated partition selection in bash script

I'm trying to write a bash script to run from Linux on a CD or flashdrive that can mount Windows and change stuff, but I don't know how to go about detecting which partition/drive is Windows. My best ...
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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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How to grant non-root user access to device files

I have device file that appears in /dev when a specific board is plugged in. The read and write operations to it work just fine, but in order to open the device file the program needs to be executed ...
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open() console for default file descriptors

I'm reading a shell program implementation in C ( the xv6 shell from MIT's 6.828 Operating System Engineering course ). The main() function for this shell starts with the following code: //Assumes ...
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Block Devices & Partitions

I partitioned a microSD card (mmcblk1) into two partitions mmcblk1p1 and mmcblk1p2. If use a dedicated card reader I am able to see the entire SD card and its partitions using various disk management ...
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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 to associate device to sata port disk [duplicate]

I have 2 hard disks connected to 2 sata ports. The disks are associated to /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. These hard disks are in software raid so it happens that the system can go for some time with only ...
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Webcam Device Driver to support H.264

I have a Creative Live Cam Connect HD (id: 041e:4093) and this webcam has an on-board H.264 encoder. Unfortunately v4l2 only inputs the feed as MJPG. $ v4l2-ctl --list-formats ioctl: VIDIOC_ENUM_FMT ...
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A drive changes device file name after resuming from suspend (Linux Mint 14)

I'm running into a very odd problem: When I resume Mint 14 from suspend, one of my drives (/dev/sdc) changes letter / device file name (to /dev/sdd). fdisk -l shows that it has the same partitions, ...
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Why doesn't xsetwacom work from udev?

I made a script to rotate my Wacom Bamboo tablet 180 degrees. It works fine when I execute it as myself (user) or root, but when started from udev (i.e. when plugging the tablet into a usb port) it ...
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Changes to files don't show up until the partition is unmounted

I have a FAT32 filesystem mounted. After changing a file on it, I can read the file back and still see the old version. My changes don't actually persist until I unmount and remount the partition. Is ...
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What is the source of truth for currently active tty/pts connections?

I'm looking for a simple way to determine the number of currently logged in users, using only the filesystem and basic bash functions (instead of using binaries). The uptime binary appears to be ...
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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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remove /dev/mapper/fedora-root and /dev/mapper/fedora-swap

I want to replace Fedora 18 with Ubuntu but I have these devices listed when partitioning. I only have a hard disk labelled sda, where does these virtual device come from? How I do remove them?
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Query USB current

How can I obtain information about the amount of current negotiated by a device attached to a USB port? I am looking for information similar to this presented by OS X in terms of current available ...
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Problem mounting my iRiver story HD on Ubuntu

I would like to connect my iRiver Story HD to my ubuntu 12.04 machine but as I connect it I get this error: Unable to mount Story HD Error mounting: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad ...
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How to route one video device to multiple programs

I'd like to direct the output of a single capture card (Hauppauge PVR-150) to two programs: VLC (for streaming on LAN) and MythTV for scheduled recording. I think it's possible to do this with the ...
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Updated Fedora 18 - no sound devices, just dummy output

So, yesterday I updated the recently released Fedora 18, this has been done: Packages Altered: Updated grubby-8.20-1.fc18.x86_64 @?fedora Update 8.22-1.fc18.x86_64 ...
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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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Why are there so many virtual terminal devices?

I've been reading the Advanced Linux Programming book and it mentions about virtual terminals which, if I understood it correctly, it is a Linux-specific feature (not in Unix) to allow multiple login ...
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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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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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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 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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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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/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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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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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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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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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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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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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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bash script to detect and record mouse movements?

I need to be able to record the mouse movements every so often (every .2 of a second for example) and have them in a coordinate representation instead of a diff. I found the following script: ...