[erlang-questions] file:open/2 and Unix Device Files

Martin Scholl <>
Tue Nov 4 14:12:24 CET 2008


Quoting Colm Dougan <>:

> On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM, Martin Scholl <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>>
>> I have just noticed that opening a device file other than "/dev/null"
>> will fail with eisdir.
>> I am just wondering what the intention behind this was. Could somebody
>> elaborate on why this restriction is in place?
>
> I don't have the answer to that.  However, in case you were not aware,
> if you open a file in "raw" mode then you can read device files.
>
> Colm
>






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