Subject: Re: device special files
To: Petar Bogdanovic <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 11/15/2005 19:57:52
In message <>, Petar Bogdanovic writes:
>I don't understand the magic behind the device special files, /dev, 
>MAKEDEV, block/character/fifo and mknod. It's not about details - it's 
>more about the fact, that I am not able to imagine the whole thing.
>Can somebody help me with a hint, tutorial or something else? The 
>MAKEDEV-/mknod-manpage helped just a little bit..

In all seriousness, go back to the original Ritchie and Thompson CACM 
paper on Unix.

		--Steven M. Bellovin,