/dev permissions after reboot (and panic)

Matthew Dillon dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Mon Jul 18 01:00:16 PDT 2005

:Ah, by the way, I'm having this problem for some time, too. E.g., sendmail 
:complains incessantly on console that it can't write to /dev/null, and some 
:other userspace programs can't work as supposed of the same reason (I don't 
:remember which though).
:Happens with every installation  of 1.2.0-RELEASE and 1.3.x-DEVELOPMENT. Three 
:boxes are affected.
:The only common thing I see there is installing with 1.2.0 installer which I 
:throw into iso's of 1.3.x, too.

    Well, if its the same shutdown problem the fix will be MFC'd to the
    release at the end of the week.  You can fix the problem manually by
    chmod'ing the devices to their proper permissions.  e.g.

    chmod 666 /dev/null
    chmod 666 /dev/zero

    On HEAD all you should need to do is install a new kernel, reboot, and

    cd /dev
    ./MAKEDEV all

    reboot again to see if the corrected permissions stick.

					Matthew Dillon 
					<dillon at xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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