Specifies the connection location, indi- cated by the -w ConnectionLocation ConnectionLocation variable, on the par- ent. Related Information The chdev command, lsattr command, lsconn command, lsdev command, lsparent command, rmdev command. To define but not configure a 4. Later, in Section 5. There is tremendous pressure from the developer community to increase the number of possible devices supported by the kernel; increasing device numbers to at least 16 bits is a stated goal for the 2.

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Linux Device Drivers, Second Edition by Alessandro Rubini, Jonathan Corbet

The -R flag is not compatible with the -d and -S flags. Once the driver has been registered in the kernel table, its operations are associated with the given major number. The return value indicates success or failure of the operation. The arguments are the major number being released and the name of the associated device. linud

The best way to assign major numbers, in our opinion, is by defaulting to dynamic allocation while leaving yourself the option of specifying the major number at load time, or even at compile time. You can use any combination of the -c-sand -t flags needed to uniquely identify the predefined device.

Linux source code: MKDEV identifier (v) – Bootlin

Prevents the device from being set to the Available -S state. Mdev command to create a device node on a filesystem is mknod ; superuser privileges are required for this operation. Some major device numbers are statically assigned to the most common devices. Later, in Section 5. In addition, if your script is to be run at boot time, you will need to make a link to it from the appropriate run-level directory i. This flag is only linhx for those devices that support the Stopped state.


If you specify the -d flag, the mkdev command only defines the device.

Only the root user and members of the sys- tem group lnux have execute x access to this command. Not all devices support user-supplied names. This flag cannot be used with the -S flag. Only the root user and members of the system group should have execute x access to this command. Minor numbers should be in the range 0 to because, for historical reasons, they are sometimes stored in a single byte.

man page for mkdev (all section 1)

Queue device names must begin with an alphabetic character. This flag cannot be used with the -d flag. The command takes three arguments in addition to the name of the file being created. This flag is not compatible with the -d and -S flags. Operating System and Devices.

For example, the command. Major and Minor Numbers. To define but not configure a 4. The code we suggest using is similar to the code introduced for autodetection of port numbers. If you specify the -R flag, the mkdev command configures any parents of the specified device that are not already configured. When a module is unloaded from the system, the major number must be released. As an alternative to using a pair of scripts for loading and unloading, you could write an init script, ready to be placed in the directory your distribution uses for these scripts.


The script can be adapted for another driver by redefining the variables and adjusting the mknod lines. Not all devices support this feature.

The -a-pand -w flags cannot be used in this case. For information on installing the Web-based System Manager, see Chapter 2: Stopping this command before it is mkdve could result in a corrupted database.

A negative return code signals an linxu a 0 or positive return code reports successful completion. If you ever fail to unregister a major number, you must reload both the same module and another one built on purpose to unregister the major.