Subject: Re: device special files
To: Petar Bogdanovic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 11/15/2005 19:57:52
In message <437A69D4.firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb