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SubjectRe: 2.6.16-rc[12] weirdness
On 2/4/06, Ben Castricum <> wrote:
> I just want to report a couple of things I think are kernel related (since
> they only occur when I run 2.6.16-rc*) but are too weird to be sure.
> My /dev/null device gets replaced by a file. Some of my cronjobs have a
> >/dev/null and can see the ouput of the scripts in /dev/null. Deleting the
> file and recreating the device again is fixes this. And again.. this seems
> to happen randomly.
You are probably building your kernels as root. There's a problem in
kbuild that causes it to replace /dev/null with a regular file on some
systems - it's been fixed but the fix is not yet in mainline.
But, you shouldn't be building kernels as root anyway.

Jesper Juhl <>
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