This is what I get from lsusb:

$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024  
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002  
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1bcf:2c18  
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0489:e046  
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024  
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002  
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003  
Bus 003 Device 086: ID 152d:0567  
Bus 003 Device 089: ID 04d9:0461  
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002  

I've tried -v and -t switches, running as root and checking if the device id file(/usr/share/hwdata/usb.ids) exists.

Linux *** 4.1.4-1-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Aug 3 21:30:37 UTC 2015 x86_64 GNU/Linux
  • That appears to be the expected output from lsusb. What exactly are you trying to do?
    – larsks
    Aug 7, 2015 at 12:03
  • @larsks Well, I have a debian machine 2 feet away that gives me names of the devices too, unix.stackexchange.com/questions/103302/…
    – Behrooz
    Aug 7, 2015 at 12:17
  • Same version of lsusb (lsusb --version)?
    – larsks
    Aug 7, 2015 at 12:18
  • I've used lsusb for ages, I'm sure it's not a version thing. lsusb (usbutils) 008
    – Behrooz
    Aug 7, 2015 at 12:19
  • debian is 007-2, Do you think they could remove features upstream for fun? or is it debian adding features the microsoft way?
    – Behrooz
    Aug 7, 2015 at 12:27

1 Answer 1


If you are on a distribution using BusyBox, this can be caused by that you are using Busybox' lsusb rather than the one from usbutils (or at least so it was on my Alpine/postmarketOS installation).

In such cases you can resolve this by installing usbutils and using its lsusb instead of the one from BusyBox.

  • Yes. I'm aware of that. as noted in the last comment(is hidden, i think) it was caused by a typo in the usb.ids file in archlinux. I found it then by just scrolling through.
    – Behrooz
    Dec 5, 2020 at 19:25
  • @Behrooz Didn't see that, but regardless, I posted this as it might help some people searching for solutions to this issue.
    – Newbyte
    Dec 6, 2020 at 8:46

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