[erlang-questions] file:open on devices

Evans, Matthew <>
Fri Dec 24 15:06:47 CET 2010

It's not possible to do this from Erlang IRC:


Your best bet is probably a port-driver or a NIF.

From:  [] On Behalf Of Alexey Romanov []
Sent: Friday, December 24, 2010 6:58 AM
To: Erlang Questions
Subject: [erlang-questions] file:open on devices

I have tried to use sl to communicate with a serial port, but with
limited success (so far, at least). The next thing to try was just
opening the file and reading/writing directly to it, but this fails as

(documentation of file:open/2)
Typical error reasons:


    The named file is not a regular file. It may be a directory, a
fifo, or a device.

Is it possible to open device files using some other library function?

Yours, Alexey Romanov

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