Permissions problem for sane

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sat Aug 8 09:39:40 UTC 2015

On Fri, Aug 07, 2015 at 06:38:41PM -0400, kpneal at wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 07, 2015 at 10:36:13PM +0200, Roland Smith wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 07, 2015 at 01:20:59PM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
> > > devfs can be restarted with 'service devfs restart'.
> > 
> > When I was writing my answer, I ran `service -e` to see if devfs was listed as a
> > service. And it *doesn't* show up on my machine (10-STABLE amd64):
> > 
> >     # service -e
> I've noticed that before as well.
> Without checking the source, I suspect that service is looking for "rcvar="
> and not listing services as being enabled if it can't find an enabling
> variable for a script.

Looking at the manpage you're probably right.

Since the system needs devices to work, it would not make sense to have a
possibility to disable devfs, hence no “devfs_enable” in rc.conf, so no rcvar
and no listing in “service -e”.

Having thought about it, I guess we should read the “-e” option for services
as “List *optional* services that are enabled”, with devfs being mandatory.

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