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Re: disappearing device files

On Thu, 2007-02-22 at 09:56 -0500, Steve Kleene wrote:
> When I tested gnome on my recent etch install, I noticed that it mounted my
> USB flash drive on /dev/sdc1.  So when I run from a command line under fvwm
> (most of the time), I also mount the flash on sdc1.  So that I wouldn't have
> to remember the drive name, I did the following:
>   cd /dev; ln -s /dev sdc1 flash
> I've done this for years, and it works fine.  Now, though, every time I boot,
> the /dev/flash link disappears.  And recently, /dev/sdc1 disappeared too.
> Now if I recreate sdc1 with mknod, it functions fine, but it disappears after
> any reboot.  There are plenty of other symbolic links that came with the
> system (e.g. cdrom -> hda), and they don't disappear.
> What's going on?  Are device files checked against some official registry and
> deleted if they're unrecognized?


They auto create and remove device files as needed. If you want a
symlink for "flash" you will need to read up on how to write rules for
the system... right now its ugly in my opinion... but doable.


Hope this helps.
greg, greg@gregfolkert.net

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