Linux device drivers...
gaf at blu.org
Thu Feb 24 09:11:12 EST 2000
A block device is normally associated with file structured devices such
as disks. Character devices are normally serial devices such as
terminals. You can to an ls -l on /dev, and look at what devices are
character and what are block. Also note that most block devices have a
corresponding character device (normally called the raw device. The pipe
device is normally associated with the FIFO, and you need not be
concerned about that.
On 24 Feb 00, at 8:37, Kevin M. Gleason wrote:
> I'm a little unclear on theory between the two devices. Would a
> character device
> be something like the keyboard (passing one char at a time) as
> opposed to block (that uses a buffer then passes the contents of the
> I have no idea how you would use a pipe in this context.
Jerry Feldman <gaf at blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix user group
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