6.58. Udev-056

The Udev package contains programs for dynamic creation of device nodes.

Approximate build time: 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 6.7 MB
Installation depends on: Coreutils and Make

6.58.1. Installation of Udev

Compile the package:

make udevdir=/dev

This tells udev in which directory devices nodes are to be created.

To test the results, issue: make test.

Install the package:

make DESTDIR=/ udevdir=/dev install

The meaning of the make option:


This prevents the Udev build process from killing any udevd processes that may be running on the host system.

Udev's configuration is far from ideal by default, so install the configuration files here:

cp -v ../udev-config-4.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/25-lfs.rules

Run the udevstart program to create our full complement of device nodes.


6.58.2. Contents of Udev

Installed programs: udev, udevd, udevsend, udevstart, udevinfo, and udevtest
Installed directory: /etc/udev

Short Descriptions


Creates device nodes in /dev or renames network interfaces (not in LFS) in response to hotplug events


A daemon that reorders hotplug events before submitting them to udev, thus avoiding various race conditions


Delivers hotplug events to udevd


Creates device nodes in /dev that correspond to drivers compiled directly into the kernel; it performs that task by simulating hotplug events presumably dropped by the kernel before invocation of this program (e.g., because the root filesystem has not been mounted) and submitting such synthetic hotplug events to udev


Allows users to query the udev database for information on any device currently present on the system; it also provides a way to query any device in the sysfs tree to help create udev rules


Simulates a udev run for the given device, and prints out the name of the node the real udev would have created or (not in LFS) the name of the renamed network interface


Contains udev configuation files, device permissions, and rules for device naming