Subject: Re: enormously growing /dev
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: Frank B. Scholl <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/10/2004 14:40:45
On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:11:36 +0200
Martin Husemann <> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 10, 2004 at 01:59:27PM +0200, Frank B. Scholl wrote:
> > if i MAKEDEV all devices from new, well, the problem seems to be solved
> > at first, but even if i do not plug in my harddisk, sd0 gets large again.
> What does "ls -l" say about that "device" directly after a "MAKEDEV all"
> and again when it grew big?

the rights are set like one expects them to be set, always:

-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  54878535680 Sep  8 17:13 sd0

as you see, its growing, another few hundred mb more..

> Some script (run by cron?) is doing something stupid, apparently.

i thought that too, at first, but crontab has no entries on that machine.

> If the culprit is still running you can use fstat(1) to find the process.

fstat doesnt show anything active on /dev/sd0.

to complete my problem description, i want to add that when i wanted to remove
the device, i powered it off, the machine was still runing, but when i actually
plugged out the usb connecter, it turned off completely. not a "normal" crash,
but just like a power-outage. zoooom, thats it, blackness. :) well, sounds like
a win32 user's description of a hardware problem, but i cant say anymore. no traces
were left, kernel didnt even drop into db> so i could have been able get some info here.

maybe its just umass code that behaves a bit strange, maybe it dislikes the usb2
controller, but all of that is no reasonable explanation why sd0 still grows.

i thought about reinstalling the box, but before i wanted to drop some lines here,
maybe somebody wants that information.


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