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MAKEDEV(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 MAKEDEV(8)



NAME
       makedev - make system special files

SYNOPSIS
       /dev/MAKEDEV device...

DESCRIPTION
       MAKEDEV  is  a shell script normally used to install special files.  It
       resides in the /dev directory, as this is the normal location  of  spe-
       cial  files.  Arguments to MAKEDEV are usually of the form device-name?
       where device-name is one of the supported devices listed in  section  4
       of  the manual and ``?'' is a logical unit number (0-9).  A few special
       arguments create assorted collections of devices and are listed below.

       std    Create the standard devices for the system;  e.g.  /dev/console,
              /dev/tty.   The  VAX-11/780  console floppy device, /dev/floppy,
              and  VAX-11/750  and  VAX-11/730  console  cassette   device(s),
              /dev/tu?, are also created with this entry.

       local  Create  those  devices specific to the local site.  This request
              causes the shell file /dev/MAKEDEV.local to be  executed.   Site
              specific  commands,  such as those used to setup dialup lines as
              ``ttyd?'' should be included in this file.

       Since all devices are created using mknod(8), this shell script is use-
       ful only to the super-user.

DIAGNOSTICS
       Either  self-explanatory,  or  generated  by one of the programs called
       from the script.  Use ``sh -x MAKEDEV'' in case of trouble.

SEE ALSO
       intro(4), config(8), mknod(8)

BUGS
       When more than one piece of hardware of the same ``kind'' is present on
       a machine (for instance, a dh and a dmf), naming conflicts arise.



4th Berkeley Distribution        18 July 1983                       MAKEDEV(8)