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Subjectwatchdog: iTCO_wdt: cannot register miscdev on minor=130 (err=-16).
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Dear Linux folks,


Linux 5.4.39 reports the watchdog messages below on a Dell PowerEdge
T630 with 12x E5-2603 v4 @ 1.70GHz.

DMI: Dell Inc. PowerEdge T630/0NT78X, BIOS 2.5.4 08/17/2017

```
handsomejack:~$ more /proc/version
Linux version 5.4.39.mx64.334 (root@lol.molgen.mpg.de) (gcc version
7.5.0 (GCC)) #1 SMP Thu May 7 14:27:50 CEST 2020
handsomejack:~$ grep TCO /boot/config-5.4.39.mx64.334
CONFIG_NETCONSOLE=m
CONFIG_NETCONSOLE_DYNAMIC=y
# CONFIG_SP5100_TCO is not set
CONFIG_ITCO_WDT=y
CONFIG_ITCO_VENDOR_SUPPORT=y
CONFIG_NV_TCO=y
# CONFIG_INTEL_SMARTCONNECT is not set
# CONFIG_EXTCON is not set
handsomejack:~$ dmesg --level=err
[ 11.618887] watchdog: iTCO_wdt: cannot register miscdev on minor=130
(err=-16).
[ 11.627956] watchdog: iTCO_wdt: a legacy watchdog module is probably
present.
handsomejack:~$ dmesg | grep -e iTCO -e watchdog
[ 11.603138] iTCO_wdt: Intel TCO WatchDog Timer Driver v1.11
[ 11.609888] iTCO_wdt: Found a Wellsburg TCO device (Version=2,
TCOBASE=0x0460)
[ 11.618887] watchdog: iTCO_wdt: cannot register miscdev on minor=130
(err=-16).
[ 11.627956] watchdog: iTCO_wdt: a legacy watchdog module is probably
present.
[ 11.636462] iTCO_wdt: initialized. heartbeat=30 sec (nowayout=0)
[ 11.643679] iTCO_vendor_support: vendor-support=0
handsomejack:~$ ls -l /dev/watchdog
crw------- 1 root root 10, 130 May 26 11:40 /dev/watchdog
```

Together the error and success messages are from the same module are
confusing me a little. How can I find out the legacy watchdog module?


Kind regards,

Paul

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