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i just began using slackware on an old pentium 90 laptop, and this is my first time dealing with linux. as it is a 90mhz, i opted out of the graphical interface, and im now trying to learn linux as just commandline.
while trying to mount my cd drive earlier, i noticed that i must have had 2000 devices listed in my /dev
everything from hda-q with 55 partitions a piece, the same with sc's, cu's, some djs, eda and edb, fb0-9, fd0-3 for what must be every single line of floppyies drives ever made, ippp0-63, isdn0-63, isdnctr0-63, md0-16 and so many others its ridiculous to list
i did find where my cd was located at (hdc) eventually, but im pretty sure that all those other devices to dont belong there
so i think most of those other devices are extraneous, but which ones can i actually eliminate?
I had the same question some time ago. The thing is that these are very tiny 'files' so don't worry about eliminating them. At least that was what I was told and that just allowed me to ignore that and move on to the next thing.