Linux – open() returns with “No such device” error, but there is such a device (linux)


I'm trying to use a somewhat old DAQ, and had to jump through a few hoops to get an old (circa 2004) device driver for it to compile (DTI-DT340 Linux-DAQ-PCI).

I've gotten to the point where it compiles, I can load the kernel module, it finds the card, and I can create the character devices using mknod.

But I can't seem to open these devices and keep getting errno 19 (ENODEV) 'No such device' when I try to


but mknod had no complaints about making it, and it's there:

# ls -l /dev/dt340/
total 0
crw-rw-r-- 1 root staff 250, 0 2009-04-23 11:02 0
crw-rw-r-- 1 root staff 250, 1 2009-04-23 11:02 1
crw-rw-r-- 1 root staff 250, 2 2009-04-23 11:02 2
crw-rw-r-- 1 root staff 250, 3 2009-04-23 11:02 3

Is there something I'm neglecting to do? What might be a reason open fails?

Here's the script I use to load the driver and make the devices.


# invoke modprobe with all arguments we were passed
#/sbin/modprobe -t misc -lroot -f -s $module.o $* || exit 1
insmod $module.ko

# remove stale nodes
rm -f /dev/${device}/[0-3]

major=`awk "\\$2==\"$module\" {print \\$1}" /proc/devices`
mkdir -p /dev/${device}
mknod /dev/${device}/0 c $major 0
mknod /dev/${device}/1 c $major 1
mknod /dev/${device}/2 c $major 2
mknod /dev/${device}/3 c $major 3

# give appropriate group/permissions, and change the group
# not all distributions have staff; some have "users" instead
grep '^staff:' /etc/group > /dev/null || group="users"

chgrp $group /dev/${device}/[0-3]
chmod $mode  /dev/${device}/[0-3]

Some additional info:

#grep dt340 /proc/devices 
250 dt340
# lsmod | grep dt340
dt340                  21516  0 
# tail /var/log/messages
Apr 23 11:59:26 ve kernel: [  412.862139] dt340 0000:03:01.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
Apr 23 11:59:26 ve kernel: [  412.862362] dt340: In function dt340_init_one:
Apr 23 11:59:26 ve kernel: [  412.862363] Device DT340 Rev 0x0 detected at address 0xfebf0000
#lspci | grep 340
03:01.0 Multimedia controller: Data Translation DT340

ANSWER: A printk confirmed that the -ENODEV was thrown from inside open(). Following an oldstyle

while ((pdev = pci_find_device(PCI_VENDOR_ID_DTI, PCI_ANY_ID, pdev)))

(which is deprecated), if(!pdev) ends up true, and returns the -ENODEV.

I'm inching closer – I guess I have to work through and update the pci code to use more modern mechanisms…

Best Solution

If the device shows up in /proc/devices, and you're sure you've got the number right in mknod, then the driver itself is refusing the open. The driver can return any error code from open() - including "no such device", which it might if it discovered a problem initialising the hardware.

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