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shanenin 04-01-2005 09:56 PM

mknod minor
I have been messing around with tv out using my matrox card. The tutorial I mainly used said to use the command
mknod /dev/fusion/0 c 253 0
this worked for my older system using a 2.4 kernel(2.4 headers), but not my newer system using a 2.6(and 2.6 headers). For the newer system I had to use this command
mknod /dev/fusion/0 c 252 0 #notice the minor is a different number

notice the number, 252(I think this is the minor), where does that number come from?

rnturn 04-01-2005 10:30 PM

Looks like on 2.4 you were creating a character device with a major number of 253 and, then, on 2.6 that changed to a major number of 252.

According to the "devices.txt" file in /usr/src/linux/Documentation, those number fall into the range, well, here's what's in the file:

                Allocated for local/experimental use.  For devices not
                assigned official numbers, these ranges should be
                used in order to avoid conflicting with future assignments.

You have to contact Matrox to find out why they changed major numbers. Perhaps they found that some other popular device manufacturer was using 252 under 2.6 before they got their driver ported/updated. Kinda hard to say why they changed it. Pity they didn't update their documentation/tutorial. Or, if that's a third-party tutorial, then that author never got it updated in time.

shanenin 04-01-2005 10:34 PM

thanks for the explanation.

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