how to make devfs show fdisk updates?

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Tue Sep 13 04:59:48 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM, Benjamin Kaduk <kaduk at> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have recently been using fdisk(8) to activate additional partitions, but
> have been unable to cause the device nodes corresponding to the new
> partition to appear in /dev other than by rebooting.  (This is on the device
> which contains the root filesystem, so kern.geom.debugflags=16 is necessary
> to perform the fdisk.)
> Please advise on how to effect the creation of the device node(s) in a
> non-disruptive fashion.

You can force a GEOM retaste by issuing a "true > /dev/devname".

Adam Vande More

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