MAKEDEV - makes system special files
/dev/MAKEDEV [argument] [device-name?...]
The MAKEDEV shell script is normally used to install special files. It
resides in the /dev directory, the normal location of special files. Argu-
ments to MAKEDEV are usually of the form device-name? where device-name is
one of the supported devices listed in Section 7 of the Reference Pages and
? is a logical unit number. The argument operand is one of the following
special arguments that create assorted collections of devices:
std Creates all standard device files for all systems.
Standard devices for Alpha systems (in the order they are created)
are as follows: klog, kcon, kbinlog, kmem, mem, null, vmzcore, con-
sole, ws0, mouse0, keyboard0, tty, pty0, pty1, ptmx, cam, audit,
prf, pfcntr, zero, snmpinfo, lockdev, and sysdev0.
latn Creates a set of 16 LAT device special files, one for each LAT ter-
minal device. The n specifies the set option. The set option range
is 0 to 38. Specifying lat38 creates 12 LAT device special files.
PTY_# Creates groups of pseudoterminal device special files, as follows:
PTY_1 Creates pty0 to pty22.
PTY_2 Creates pty23 to pty45.
PTY_3 Creates pty46 to pty56.
PTY_4 Creates pty57 to pty64.
PTY_5 Creates pty65 to pty72.
PTY_6 Creates pty73 to pty80.
PTY_7 Creates pty81 to pty88.
PTY_8 Creates pty89 to pty96.
PTY_9 Creates pty97 to pty101.
The # specifies the group of pseudoterminal device special files
pfilt# Creates a group of packet filter device special files, as follows:
pfilt Creates pfilt0 to pfilt63.
pfilt64 Creates pfilt0 to pfilt63.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt127.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt255.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt511.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt1023.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt2047.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt3071.
Creates pfilt0 to pfilt4095.
The # specifies the number of ppacket filter device special files
local Creates those devices specific to the local site. This request
causes the shell file /dev/MAKEDEV.local to be executed. This file
must exist prior to using the local argument. Site specific com-
mands, such as those used to setup dialup lines as ttyd? and to
create device special files for all non-Compaq devices, should be
included in this file.
Because all devices are created using mknod(8) this shell script is useful
only to the superuser.
The MAKEDEV script installs files in the current working directory.
Although device special files can be located anywhere on the system, they
are usually created in the /dev directory, since this is where most appli-
cations expect to find them.
Refer to the dsfmgr(8) reference page for information on the Device Special
File Manager program.
Either self-explanatory, or generated by one of the programs called from
the script. Use sh -x MAKEDEV in case of trouble.
Commands: config(8), dsfmgr(8), mknod(8)
Interfaces: intro(7), packetfilter(7), pty(7)