How to enable rules in hosts /etc/devfs.rules file

Tijl Coosemans tijl at
Thu Aug 18 09:53:50 UTC 2016

On Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:59:58 -0400 Ernie Luzar <luzar722 at> wrote:
> I put some rules in the hosts /etc/devfs.rules file.
> On reboot these new rules get enabled.
> I would like to enable new rules without rebooting the system.
> Read the devfs man page and issued some commands but got message saying 
> unknown argument.
> Say I have a rule number 10 that I added to the /etc/devfs.rules file.
> How would I go about enabling it without a reboot?

devfs.rules is parsed by rc(8) scripts during boot and turned into a series
of devfs(8) commands.  You can rerun this with 'service devfs restart'.

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