What I think happens

From my understanding this is what happens when I connect a USB device to my computer:

  1. Kernel recognizes that I plugged in a USB device
  2. Kernel setups the very low-level things for the new device like drivers etc.
  3. Kernel sends a uevent to the udev daemon.
  4. Udev daemon uses the information sent, to populate the appropriate files in /dev.

What I want to do

I was thinking that maybe I could jump directly to step 3 by manually sending a uevent to udev. Since the uevent is sent via netlink and netlink is based on sockets, theoretically this should be possible since I just need to know which socket to write to. Anyone who has any idea if this can work and how?

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    udevadm trigger may do what you want. An example from wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/udev : udevadm trigger -v -t subsystems -c remove -s usb -a "idVendor=abcd" . Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 15:04
  • @MarkPlotnick thanks for the link. However I am not sure to use that. I tried the command given and run udevadm monitor but nothing seems to happen..
    – Pithikos
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 16:38
  • Why do you want to skip step 2?
    – Nils
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 21:42
  • @Nils because I create a virtual device. What I want is udev to think that it's an actual device.
    – Pithikos
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 10:39
  • So blacklisting the driver will not help you here.
    – Nils
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 21:53

1 Answer 1


udevadm trigger

1. try it

sudo udevadm trigger --verbose --action=remove --property-match='DEVNAME=/dev/sdd'

will trigger a /dev/sdd remove uevent, content as


2. strace it

see what he dose:

sudo strace udevadm trigger --verbose --action=remove --property-match='DEVNAME=/dev/sdd'
fstat(1, {st_mode=S_IFCHR|0620, st_rdev=makedev(136, 37), ...}) = 0
mmap(NULL, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0x7fc0596a7000
write(1, "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:"..., 101/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/host13/target13:0:0/13:0:0:0/block/sdd
) = 101
open("/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2:1.0/host13/target13:0:0/13:0:0:0/block/sdd/uevent", O_WRONLY) = 3
write(3, "remove", 6)                   = 6
close(3)                                = 0
exit_group(0)                           = ?
+++ exited with 0 +++

3. summarize

actually, it only does

echo 'remove' | sudo tee /sys/block/sdd/uevent

this way still depend on sysfs:

  • device sysfs must exist
  • can't totally custom uevent message body

the sysfs uevent file:

cat /sys/block/sdd/uevent

http://fibrevillage.com/sysadmin/93-udevadm-useage-examples http://arakilab.media.eng.hokudai.ac.jp/~msylw/2013/07/using-udev-to-trigger-events-in-example/

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