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devfs - device file system



      devfs - device file system


      devfs   /dev    devfs rw 0 0


      The device file system, or devfs, provides access to kernel’s device
      namespace in the global file system namespace.  The conventional mount
      point is /dev.
      The file system includes several directories, links, symbolic links and
      devices, some of which can also be written.  In a chroot’ed environment,
      devfs can be used to create a new /dev mount point.
      The mknod(8) tool can be used to recover deleted device entries under


      /dev       The normal devfs mount point.


      To mount a devfs volume located on /dev:
            mount -t devfs devfs /dev
      devfs(8), mount(8)


      The devfs file system first appeared in FreeBSD 2.0.  The devfs manual
      page first appeared in FreeBSD 2.2.


      The devfs manual page was written by Mike Pritchard 〈〉.


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