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creating device nodes.

Posted on 2003-11-07
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Hi,

I have a simple device driver which registers a dynamic major number. I would like my install rule in the Makefile to create the device nodes automatically by looking into /proc/devices.

I had referred some text on the net and came up with the below commands for my "install" rule in Makefile.

Makefile
=====

TARGET=abc.o
MODULE="abc-char"
.
.


install:
  @insmod $(TARGET)
  @major=`cat /proc/devices | grep $(MODULE) | awk '{print $$1}'`
  @echo $$major

at this point (echo) i dont get the major number of the device, i get a blank. But if I execute the "cat /proc/devices..." as a command i do get the correct major number of the device.

creating device nodes is easy if i can get the major number from /proc/devices.

Can anyone please help me figure out the mistake i am doing or give some other way of doing the same.

cheers!
-Jinu

 



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>@major=`cat /proc/devices | grep $(MODULE) | awk '{print $$1}'`
should perhaps be
@major=`cat /proc/devices | grep $(MODULE) | awk '{print $1}'`
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by:jinumjoy
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no sunnycoder $1 will not work.

$$1 is correct, but @major is not getting updated. I dont know what the problem is.

-Jinu
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cat /proc/devices | grep $(MODULE) | awk '{print $$1}'
run this with some dummy values and check the ouput ... if the output is what you desire, then check for spaces on either side of =
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