XFree86-4.0.2 changes permissions to /dev/null

XFree86-4.0.2 changes permissions to /dev/null

Post by Silviu Minu » Mon, 15 Jan 2001 15:59:32

Weird thing! Normally /dev/null has permissions 666 and belongs to
root:root. If I login as root, start XFree86-4.0.2, I noticed that
/dev/null permissions change to 600. Consequently, if I reboot, atd
won't start (error redirecting output), and if I login as user, bash
gives some error too. If I change the permissions back to 666 all is

Anyone with the same problem? Any fix?


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Hi !
Here is a mysterious thing that happens on my RedHat 3.03:
the permission on the /dev/null node keep on changing
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start when they redirect stderr...
It seems to me that a process (maybe a naughty one) does this dirty joke

Any help is welcome.


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