I accidentally deleted /dev/loop special block device. Is it possible to recover it?

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You can recreate the device with mknod:

sudo mknod -m 660 /dev/loop b 7 0

assuming that you don't have /dev/loop0 that already has taken that minor number (0)

  • the main problem is that ; I want to mount an iso image so I'm using that command (mount -t iso966 -o loop "iso image path" mount point) and it still doesn't recognize /dev/loop . U understand me ? May 6, 2015 at 11:23
  • @AsmaSarhan That is essentially a different problem. After creating the loop device with mknod use mount -t iso9660 -r -o loop "iso image path" /dev/loop. You need to do it read-only (-r) and your type was wrong (missing a 0) at the end. Post a new question if there are additional problems, including the exact command you use and error message.
    – Anthon
    May 6, 2015 at 11:33
  • Can you explain how\why you used those parameters for mknod?
    – SailorCire
    May 6, 2015 at 11:54
  • @SailorCire Yes I can. (I specify the parameters on the commandline)
    – Anthon
    May 6, 2015 at 12:32

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