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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What is stored in /dev/pts files and can we open them?

According to my knowledge, /dev/pts files are created for ssh or telnet sessions.
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Understanding /dev and its subdirs and files

$ 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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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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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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Why do my SATA devices show up under /proc/scsi/scsi?

I have 3 SATA devices on my system. They show up under /proc/scsi/scsi, although these are not SCSI devices. Why do my SATA devices show up under the SCSI directory? $ cat /proc/scsi/scsi Attached ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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If I connect a physical device, how can I ever know which device file belongs to it?

Say I plug in several USB drives which don't get automatically mounted. How can I find out which device file belongs to which physical device, so I can mount it for example? I'm running Mac OS X but ...
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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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How to create /dev/null?

I successfully deleted my /dev/null. How can I restore it? The OS is Ubuntu.
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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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Why do we need to mount on Linux?

I understand what mounting is in Linux, and I understand device files. However I do not understand WHY we need to mount. For example, as explained in the accepted answer of this question, using this ...
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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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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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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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USB connect/disconnect notification

I use Linux Mint 13 MATE, and I'm trying to set up notifications when I plug/unplug devices. First of all, I found udev-notify package, but unfortunately it almost doesn't work for me: it works for ...
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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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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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Find out if a specific device is an USB mass storage

Context I'm automating SD card imaging from an existing dd factory image. The SD card is always connected through an external USB card reader and thus appears in the system as a SCSI block device ...
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How Linux uses /dev/tty and /dev/tty0

I can see the difference between /dev/tty and /dev/tty0 by testing the provided method from this question. But I really wonder about the practical usage of those devices (like situations they will be ...
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How to be notified when a USB device was plugged in?

My system has to auto-mount USB devices; how can I be notified when a USB device is plugged in? Where can I read more about this subject? I would like to handle this problem via C or a shell script. ...
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Why is “nodev” in /etc/fstab so important? How can character devices be used for hacking?

I am learning about linux security and struggling to understand why a USB stick with a character device on it is potentially dangerous. If I have a USB stick with a bash executable that has setuid ...
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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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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 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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What do the device files in /dev actually do?

(Not a duplicate of Understanding /dev and its subdirs and files) I was browsing around my filesystem and for the first time I took a second to analyze my /dev directory. I was surprised by the ...
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How can I find available network interfaces?

This is in regard to linux, but if anyone knows of a general *nix method that would be good. I booted a system yesterday with an ethernet cable plugged in. "NetworkManager" is not installed, so once ...
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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 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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using devtmpfs for /dev

I have noticed the following option in the kernel: CONFIG_DEVTMPFS Device Drivers -> Generic Driver Options -> Maintain devtmpfs to mount at /dev And I see that it is enabled by default in ...
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Can I stop Linux from listening to a USB input device as a keyboard, but still capture events with a program?

I have a USB barcode scanner at /dev/input/event0 (/dev/input/by-id/usb-Metrologic_Metrologic_Scanner-event-kbd), and scanning a barcode causes it to send keypress events. I'm capturing these ...
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Why does “cat ttyUSB0” not produce output?

I connected an infrared receiver to a USB port ... (the last line of dmesg tells device file) $ dmesg [10496.596063] usb 7-2: new full-speed USB device number 2 using uhci_hcd [10496.751112] usb 7-2: ...
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Difference between /dev and /sys/class?

What is the difference between the device representation in /dev and the one in /sys/class? Is one preferred over the other? Is there something one offers and the other doesn't?
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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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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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How do I find out which process is using my V4L2 webcam?

I tried to run the following: $ vlc -I dummy v4l2:///dev/video0 --video-filter scene --no-audio --scene-path webcam.png --scene-prefix image_prefix --scene-format png vlc://quit --run-time=1 ...
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Change the number of generated /dev/tty devices

I'm building an embedded Linux system, based on Gentoo. Using udev, all tty devices are probed with a PROGRAM stanza to determine if they are a modem. Right now the system boots up with 64 /dev/tty*. ...
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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 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 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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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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Why does tapping a TTY device only capture every other character?

So, I came across the ttyname function (unistd.h) and had to test it out. #include <unistd.h> #include <stdio.h> int main(void) { printf("%s\n", ttyname(0)); return 0; } On my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...