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  1. #1
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    bash: /dev/null: Permission denied , Why????

    Everytime I start a terminal I get this error message:

    bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
    bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
    bash: /dev/null: Permission denied
    bash: /dev/null: Permission denied

    I am using Suse 9.1 with the default kernel 2.6.4
    Can anyone help me with that ? TNX in advanced!!!!!!!!!!

  2. #2
    Hi Akulah,

    The problem seems to be with the permissions of
    the /dev/null. This seems to be read only at the
    moment for you. Check this by logging in as root
    and listing it with the command:
    ls -l /dev/null
    You should see this if everything is correctly
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 3

    If you get a different set of permissions like
    this maybe:
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1, 3

    then you should (as root) delete the /dev/null with:
    rm /dev/null

    and recreate it (as root) again with:
    mknod -m 0666 /dev/null c 1 3

    (The device number according to the Kernel source
    in the documentation under Documentation/devices.txt
    supposed to be Major=1 und Minor=3)

    Now, list the /dev/null again and you should see
    the permissions as above. Hope this helps..

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    Thanks that was driving me crazy.


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