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MAKEDEV(3)			    Linux Programmer's Manual			       MAKEDEV(3)

NAME
       makedev, major, minor - manage a device number

SYNOPSIS
       #define _BSD_SOURCE
       #include <sys/types.h>

       dev_t makedev(int maj, int min);

       int major(dev_t dev);
       int minor(dev_t dev);

DESCRIPTION
       A  device ID consists of two parts: a major ID, identifying the class of the device, and a
       minor ID, identifying a specific instance of a device in that class.  A device ID is  rep-
       resented using the type dev_t.

       Given  major  and  minor  device  IDs,  makedev()  combines  these to produce a device ID,
       returned as the function result.  This device ID can be given to mknod(2), for example.

       The major() and minor() functions perform the converse  task:  given  a	device	ID,  they
       return,	respectively, the major and minor components.  These macros can be useful to, for
       example, decompose the device IDs in the structure returned by stat(2).

CONFORMING TO
       The makedev() major() and minor() functions are not specified in POSIX.1, but are  present
       on many other systems.

NOTES
       These  interfaces  are  defined	as macros.  Since glibc 2.3.3, they have been aliases for
       three GNU-specific functions: gnu_dev_makedev(3), gnu_dev_major(3), and	gnu_dev_minor(3).
       The latter names are exported, but the traditional names are more portable.

SEE ALSO
       mknod(2), stat(2)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.25 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,  and  information  about  reporting  bugs,  can  be  found   at   http://www.ker-
       nel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux					    2008-12-01				       MAKEDEV(3)
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