I'm using iscsi-initiator-utils successfully to use some iscsi devices on CentOS 5, and I have some symlinks created by udev in /dev/disk:

# ls -l /dev/disk/by-path/ip-* /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-*
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Sep 29 15:41 /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-14f504e46494c45006779706e4d772d746d36582d6869556e -> ../../sdb
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Sep 29 15:41 /dev/disk/by-path/ip- -> ../../sdb

I know that the by-path one is the IQN of the device, and I presume that the by-id one is a SCSI device identifier.

I would like to know how to get these values myself from e.g. /dev/sdb. scsi_id -g /dev/sdb returns nothing.

(I know I could map symlinks back and scrap the IDs from the filenames, but that would be redundant: udev is getting those IDs from somewhere, and I'd like to know where).


Try udevinfo command

Also man 7 udev


[root@centos ~]# udevinfo -q all -n /dev/sda1 | grep 'ID_FS_UUID=' | awk -F'='  '{print $2}'

[root@centos ~]# ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Dec  1 12:47 358c8298-3889-4982-8831-817a18ae4e67 -> ../../sda1
[root@centos ~]# readlink -e /dev/disk/by-uuid/358c8298-3889-4982-8831-817a18ae4e67 

Another one is blkid, which has integration with udev to show uuid

[root@centos ~]# blkid 
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol01: TYPE="swap" 
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00: UUID="7951711f-0564-46a5-8e1c-427eff4b4115" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/sda1: LABEL="/boot" UUID="358c8298-3889-4982-8831-817a18ae4e67" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/hdc: LABEL="VBOXADDITIONS_4.1.2_73507" TYPE="iso9660" 
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00: UUID="7951711f-0564-46a5-8e1c-427eff4b4115" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01: TYPE="swap" 
  • udev creates the device files, symlinks on the fly based on the rules defined /etc/udev/rules.d. UIDs are generated by udev something like uuidgen and that takes name, count of name characters, size, physical attributes and other geometric parameters into consideration for generating the UIDs. – Nikhil Mulley Dec 1 '11 at 8:28

udev listens for uevents generated by the kernel. You would need to build something to listen for them to get this information in the same manner as udev. Here is some example code and discussion about doing that:


More information about how udev gets the info:


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