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MAKEDEV(8)		  BSD System Manager's Manual		    MAKEDEV(8)

NAME
     makedev — make system special files

SYNOPSIS
     MAKEDEV device ...

DESCRIPTION
     MAKEDEV is a shell script normally used to install special files.	It
     resides in the /dev directory, as this is the normal location of special
     files.  Arguments to MAKEDEV are usually of the form device-name? where
     device-name is one of the supported devices listed in section 4 of the
     manual and “?” is a logical unit number (0-9).  A few special arguments
     create assorted collections of devices and are listed below.

     std     Create the standard devices for the system; for example the stan‐
	     dard UNIX devices /dev/console and /dev/tty; the standard hard‐
	     ware dependent devices, for example in the VAX family the
	     VAX-11/780 console floppy device, /dev/floppy, and VAX-11/750 and
	     VAX-11/730 console cassette device(s), /dev/tu? devices would be
	     made for the appropriate system.

     local   Create those devices specific to the local site.  This request
	     causes the shell file /dev/MAKEDEV.local to be executed.  Site
	     specific commands, such as those used to setup dialup lines as
	     ttyd? should be included in this file.

     Since all devices are created using mknod(8), this shell script is useful
     only to the super-user.

DIAGNOSTICS
     Either self-explanatory, or generated by one of the programs called from
     the script.  Use ‘sh -x MAKEDEV’ in case of trouble.

SEE ALSO
     intro(4), config(8), mknod(8)

HISTORY
     The makedev command appeared in 4.2BSD.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution	 June 5, 1993	     4.2 Berkeley Distribution
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