Device Files in HP-UX 11i

What could be more confusing in the UNIX world than device files? Fortunately, in HP-UX, device files for workstations and servers are nearly identical, so if you learn one, your knowledge applies to the other. In this section, I cover:

  • The structure of device files

  • Some commands associated with helping you work with device files

  • Some examples of creating device files

A device file provides the HP-UX kernel with important information about a specific device. The HP-UX kernel needs to know a lot about a device before Input/Output operations can be performed. With HP-UX 11i, the device file naming convention is the same for workstations and server systems. Device files are in the /dev directory. There may also be a subdirectory ...

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