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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Help me to find my speakers and headphone paths (name of PCM device)

I am really confused trying to get my speakers and headphone device PCM names like a "hw:x,x" or something like that; cat /proc/asound/devices 2: [ 0] : control 3: [ 0- 0]: digital audio ...
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How can I create a direct 8khz audio pipe in Ubuntu?

I'm interested in creating musical programs like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtQdIYUtAHg&feature=player_embedded Essentially these programs just generate sequences of integers, which ...
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KVM and peripheral devices

How does KVM work with peripheral devices? Are devices emulated in user space or in kernel space through the device driver? The host and guest operation system cannot claim both a device, and how ...
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Can I use a parallel port as a CUPS input device?

I have an old piece of a hardware that does diagnostics on medical equipment. It prints out results over a parallel port. Is there any way to have CUPS accept jobs from a parallel port and redirect ...
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What is the difference between loop device and block device? [closed]

I want to create a loop device myself, I want it to have a special name, say /dev/loop-test-0. I want it to be up after I reboot the machine. I though that I can use mknod for this, but this doesn't ...
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How to get /dev/ttyUSB* to show up?

I've been using FTDI usb serial cables on OSX with really no thought for years. Now, I'm trying to get the same cables working on Linux (Linux Mint, Debian Edition 2). What I understand so far is... ...
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How do I find out what hard disks are in the system?

I need to know what hard disks are available, including ones that aren't mounted and possibly aren't formatted. I can't find them in dmesg or /var/log/messages (too much to scroll through). I'm hoping ...
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Is there any way to prevent a bad drive from disappearing from /dev?

I'm trying to recover a partition on a bad drive with ddrescue. I run: $ sudo ddrescue -r -1 -v /dev/sdd3 OUT.img dd_rescue_logfile and it seems to do great for a while, but after about an hour, ...
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waiting for /dev to be fully populated when nvidia gpu installed

Installing Kali Linux works fine but when booting it stays at “waiting for /dev to be fully populated”. I have removed my NVidia GPU, and then it booted normally. How can I make Kali boot with my ...
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Debian USB automount

Got my USB flash automount broken after reboot. Using Debian 6, GNOME 2 My NTFS hard disk is still mounting correctly. When i connect my Android smartphone (with SD and local drive) my messages log ...
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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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Platform Device Drivers

I was just going through the code of kernel. I have a raspberry Pi board. I want to interface the touch screen with my board. I want to develop the Platform driver for that. As per the documentation ...
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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 ...
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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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To which device file is particular storage device mapped?

I noticed that I never figured this out completely. Linux maps SATA and USB (and many more kind of) storage devices to /dev/sd[a-z] device files in the order in which they were "found". Now given that ...
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Redirect or trigger on dev node input event

Is it possible to trigger an event when data is available at a dev node? Very simply, if some widget device sends information over usb to my linux box, would it be possible to trap into some event ...
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How can I give a user the CAP_MKNOD capabillity?

Following on from this question: rsync's relationship with special files In order to back up device files, rsync at the destination needs to be able to call mknod. The usual approach would be to ...
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rsync's relationship with special files

I'm trying to transfer some existing backups from one system to another. The older backup system seems to have managed to back up special files like /dev/hda, /dev/tty0, and /dev/null which look like ...
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LVM unknown device: how to recover?

I have a server with two hard drives that I thought I had correctly installed with LVM, until I discovered that the second hard-drive did not actually seem to be used. I investigated the problem and ...
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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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How can I put a bit mask on /dev/zero so that I can get bytes other than zero?

How can I put a bit mask on /dev/zero so that I can have a source not only for 0x00 but also for any byte between 0x01 and 0xFF?
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What are high level and low level device drivers

Recently I read that there are two types of drivers (at least for disk), one that are called high level drivers and another called low level device drivers. Can some one tell me what these are, and ...
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How to skip special / socket files during rsync transfer?

Using the following command. rsync --archive --delete --partial --progress --recursive --no-links --no-devices --quiet source target Using --no-links and --no-devices already. Getting the error ...
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What are some common use cases for creating block/character device files from the shell with mknod?

I understand that block/character device files are created programmatically (by the drivers themselves?) to facilitate communications with device drivers using standard I/O calls. But why one would ...
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Changing the /dev/tty* permissions at startup

My solution (ArchLinux ARM on RaspberryPi) requires that a non-privileged user has to have access to the /dev/ttyAMA0 port. In final implementation that user will be automatically logged in and a ...
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why isn't monitor listed under /dev in linux?

If /dev is suppose to list all the devices that is connected, like usb, hdd, webcam, how come on my ubuntu 15 VM I don't see a monitor? I am running the desktop edition so there should be a monitor. ...
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USB device to be detected at the “same” /dev point always?

In Linux (actually I'm with CentOS v6.5), whenever I plug in my USB Terminal/Character Device (some kind of USB Adapter) for the first time (after booted), it is detected at: /dev/ttyUSB0 But ...
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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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Discrepancy in Owncloud drive size

I have ownCloud running on Debian Raspberry Pi with an 8Gb USB as the drive. Checking the USB is mounted correctly: df -h /dev/sda1 7.3G 20M 6.9G 1% /media/owncloud But my ownCloud Mac ...
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How do I check if sound card is in use and, if possible, which process is using it?

I want to know if a program is using my sound card without my knowledge. I thought about building a program that uses low-level device driver code to do the trick, but am now interested in seeing if I ...
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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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How do I recreate /dev/ttyUSB## devices that I deleted?

Background It seems I only know enough linux to get myself in trouble. I'm working on a couple of embedded systems (two different models) both running linux. I've been troubleshooting a modem ...
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How to associate physical usb port with usb device number

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. I need to send a command to a device that I have connected on a port of my PC. I can send the command by finding out what the Bus and Device number are. For example, lsusb ...
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mmap /dev/random

Why is it that I cannot mmap /dev/random or /dev/urandom on Linux? I get errno 19 which is ENODEV. When I try the same code with /dev/zero it works. int fd = open(path, O_RDONLY); assert ...
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Playing sound through /dev/dsp?

I have a USB soundcard attached to my Raspberry Pi. I used the command: sudo modprobe snd_pcm_oss which created /dev/dsp and /dev/dsp1. /dsp corresponds to the internal soundcard whereas /dsp1 ...
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Lvreduce online on RHEL 6 or centos 6 with ext4 file systems

Is it possible to reduce a mounting lv safely at RHEL6/CentOS6 with ext4 file system? If it is, how can I do that?
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OSX: MBP: How does system detect sd card inserted?

I have a MacBookPro running Mavericks. I can insert one sd card into the slot and it mounts just fine. Another sd card I slip in and nothing happens. It does not appear in disk utility. It does ...
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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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Can a linux filesystem be backed up by copying the file structure tree only?

This might be considered to be more of an academic question but here goes. Returning to Linux after some years away, I installed Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop on a small PC. Looking around the file system ...
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How to get a list of major number -> driver associations

http://www.nostarch.com/tlpi states: "Each device driver registers its association with a specific major device ID, and this association provides the connection between the device special file and the ...
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USB bar code scanner not working on Raspbian

My USB bar code scanner (SYMBOL LS2208) is recognized as a HID. hid-generic 0003:05E0:0600.000F: hiddev0,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Device [\xffffffef\xffffffbe\xffffffa9\xffffffbe\xffffffa9Symbol ...
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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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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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Why are network interfaces not in /dev like other devices?

I'm mostly curious, but why aren't network interfaces in /dev? Are there any other kinds of devices that aren't represented as a node under /dev?
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Why can X11 access the video card?

This one is maybe a bit theoretical, but... How the heck can X11 touch the video hardware? As I understand it, X11 is an unprivileged user-mode program. But only kernel-mode software can access the ...
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FreeBSD: Permanent nodes for usb devices

In FreeBSD, USB devices appear in /dev as (for example) /dev/ugen2.5, /dev/ugen2.6, etc... However, I noticed after a reboot sometimes these are pointing to different devices. Is there a way to lock ...
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Why reading from and writing to framebuffer shows no effect ?

I read a very short description of how to make a Screenshot by making use of the file which represents the framebuffer /dev/fb0. in order to write the screen content: cat /dev/fb0 > file in ...
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How to know if /dev/hda2 is Primary partition or Extended partition

If all four primary partitions exist on an IDE drive, they are numbered as follows: /dev/hda1 /dev/hda2 /dev/hda3 /dev/hda4 We have also the partitions on a disk with one primary partition and ...
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Using bash's `/dev/udp`, how would I know if the port was open?

I do not have access to netcat or nmap so I'm trying to use bash and the /dev/udp/ special files to test ports. I could do something like: echo "" > /dev/udp/example.com/8000 But $? is always 0 ...
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Sunix Low Level Parallel port driver not working

Background: I am currently in the process of updating a Industrial PC + software from Debian 4 (etch) to Debian 7 (Wheezy) due to hardware obsolescence, one of the few pieces of hardware being shared ...