devfs doesn't set access rights

Roland Smith rsmith at
Tue Dec 13 10:04:35 PST 2005

On Tue, Dec 13, 2005 at 08:49:47AM -0800, Brooks Davis wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 13, 2005 at 05:37:09PM +0100, [LoN]Kamikaze wrote:
> > On my FreeBSD 6-stable (the last build is less then 24hours ago) my
> > devfs doesn't apply permissions set in /etc/devfs.conf when I attach new
> > devices. I have to call:
> > /etc/rc.d/devfs restart
> > manually for the settings to be applied. This is rather uncomfortable in
> > some cases (especially with my PDA).
> > 
> > I don't know weather this is the normal behaviour, anyway if it is,
> > shouldn't devfs be restarted automatically as soon as external devices
> > (usb, firewire, ir) are attached?
> This is normal.  devfs.conf is for boot only, you need devfs.rules for
> runtime.  Unfortunatly, the documentation of this fact and the
> docuementation of devfs.rules sucks.

Hmm, it's quite explicitly mentioned in the manual pages for devfs.conf and

Feel free to suggest improvements...

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