(newbie) creating device-files / installation of makedev PROBLEM ...

Larry Coleman larryliberty13 at home.com
Sun Oct 15 08:15:44 PDT 2000


Lukas Gruber wrote:
> 
> book version 2.4.2, page 92, installation of MAKEDEV:
> 
> if I run the commands (sed "s/# ...) in /usr/src  I get an
> "cant read MAKEDEV: no such file or directory" message.
> so I changed to /dev, did this again, no errors - no output.
> but when I do "cd /dev && ./MAKEDEV -v generic" nothing
> happens again. this confuses me a little. i thought the -v option
> means verbose and as far as I know devices in linux are files.
> when I "dir" in /dev all I get is MAKEDEV and pts ...
> even if I unpack MAKEDEV-2.5 and copy that MAKEDEV to
> /dev I get the same results (which is no output and no files).
> 
> i searched for makedev-problems in the mailing-list-archive,
> but it gives 192 results and they dont make any sense to me.
> please help!
> 
> THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
> 
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I just had the same problem. It turns out that there's a step missing in
the HTML version of the book: namely, you have to unpack MAKEDEV and cd
to the directory before doing sed, etc...

Larry

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