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Date:      Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:08:37 +1100
From:      Greg 'groggy' Lehey <>
To:        Mike Adams <>, Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: Can't open serial line /dev/cuaa0: no such file or direcotry (2)
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On Friday, 21 January 2011 at  0:04:12 +0000, Mike Adams wrote:
> To whom it may concern: I'm using a programme called tempcontrol
> from Greg Lehey on a Dell pentium running BSD 6.

Do you mean FreeBSD 6.x?  I'm assuming so in the following.

> When I run the programme, I get the above error.  ls /dev shows that
> there is no cuaa0, only cuad0.  I see that this was changed to
> standardize naming conventions.  I've tried sh makedev cuaa0, but
> get the errorCan't open makedev: no such file or directory.

makedev is obsolete.

> I should be most grateful if someone can get me over this problem

The device you're looking for is either /dev/ttyd0 or (probably)
/dev/cuad0.  Quite possibly either would work.  Set it in your
temperaturecontrolrc file.  Let me know if it works, and I'll update
the sources.

On Friday, 21 January 2011 at 12:51:25 +0100, Polytropon wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:04:12 +0000, Mike Adams <>=
>> I've tried sh makedev cuaa0, but get the errorCan't open
>> makedev: no such file or directory.
> I think "sh MAKEDEV" would be the correct call.

=46rom MAKEDEV(8):

     The MAKEDEV script was deprecated by devfs(5) and removed from FreeBSD
     after devfs(5) became mandatory.

Basically, it can't work because the meaning of major and minor
numbers has changed.

> You could try to add a line like
> 	link	cuad0	cuaa0
> to /etc/devfs.conf and then
> 	# /etc/rc.d/devfs restart

That would be the wrong solution.  Programs that come in source can be
modified, and in this case the program provides for alternative device

> but I may be possible that the program you're intending to use does
> require the "conventional" serial driver ...

I'm not aware of any such program.

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