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NAME

       makedev, major, minor - manage a device number

SYNOPSIS

       #define _BSD_SOURCE             /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
       #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
       represented 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(),  gnu_dev_major(),  and  gnu_dev_minor().
       The latter names are exported, but the traditional names are more portable.

SEE ALSO

       mknod(2), stat(2)

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