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Old 07-25-2004, 03:36 PM   #1
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populating /dev


I have a certain live CD distro - which will remain nameless - which has a dodgy HD install script, so I want to manually install to HD.
MOst of tghe directories are farily much down to copying over, but I'm stuck on how to populate the /dev directory properly. Anybody got any pointers?
 
Old 07-25-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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Assuming you are not going to use udev or devfs then really all you need is to run the MAKEDEV script. Typically it is located in /dev but if not you can get it here:
http://www.oldlinux.org/Linux.old/bin-src/

MAKEDEV is just a bash script which creates all the devices by repeatedly running the mknod command with the correct majo/minor inode numbers described by ./Documentation/devices.txt in your kernel source.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 06:38 PM   #3
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Many thanks bulliver. I'd actually forgotten about MAKEDEV (no, seriously). Good to know it works that way.

What's the deal with devfs? It's a file system type, is it? Is it for when you set up your /dev on a separate partition? (didn't think that was so common).

I always assumed you could only have one FS type per partition.

PS. Visited your site ... good stuff. I'm not a Gentoo-ite quite yet, I hasten to add .. but, I'm getting there.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 07:39 PM   #4
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drat

drat, it didn't work. somethign sily going on. I copied over a MAKEDEV to the new and empty /dev and ran it with -/MAKEDEV.
Nothing happened, no errors, nor any result either. Hang on ... maybe it needs chrooting .. hang on.
 
  


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