Subject: Re: Help! I'vecreated a monster
To: Nigel Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
Date: 03/26/1998 15:14:29
On Thu, 26 Mar 1998, Nigel Johnson wrote:
> Thanks to all that replied. I had previously edited /etc/ttys to add secure
> on the console, so I couldn't figure out why it didn't work.
> Seth, you were right on the money! I found two devices, /rmt12, and /rra0g
> with 0 and 0 as major/minor IDs. I really can't figure why rra0g could be a
> Theory: I have a G partition on my winch. It is not initialised. Could it
> be that MAKEDEV finds it and assigns it a null ID because it can't find
> anything about it, this causing the confusion?
MAKEDEV just blindly created the nodes with the numbers it has
internally - what is at those devices (or if there is anything
at all) should not make any difference.
> I don't know what an rmt12 is, but I deleted it anyway.
Its a device node for a tape drive.
You may want to create a clean /dev directory:
mkdir /devnew ; cp /dev/M* /devnew ; cd /devnew ; ./MAKEDEV
cd / ; mv /dev /devold ; mv /devnew dev
The rm -rf /devold at your leisure :)