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Old 08-28-2003, 09:15 PM   #1
fyre36
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So many devices


yo!
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

my fstab looks like
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hda2 / ext2 defaults 1 1
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

so i think most of those other devices are extraneous, but which ones can i actually eliminate?

much appreicated
 
Old 08-28-2003, 09:32 PM   #2
itsjustme
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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.

regards...

Edit: You could take a look at this also:

http://www.mc.man.ac.uk/LDP/LDP/intr...#sect_03_02_05

Last edited by itsjustme; 08-28-2003 at 09:37 PM.
 
Old 08-28-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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Shhhh.... Don't tell anybody:

http://www.justlinux.com/forum/showt...ghlight=%2Fdev
 
  


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