no /dev/ppp node made; hotplug?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Sep 19 07:13:34 UTC 2004

(please follow-up to ubuntu-devel if discussing the module loading question)

On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 11:29:40PM -0700, Michael Salivar wrote:

> PPP is prompting me to 'mknod /dev/ppp c 108 0' after every boot.  The
> same thing happens in Arch with udev without hotplug installed, which
> leads me to believe it's a deficiency in the hotplug scripts.  What can I
> do to trace this back to the source so I can get this fixed permanently,
> and what can I do in the meantime so I don't have to manually make the
> node each reboot?  If I was in Arch I would just do it from rc.local, but
> I haven't been able to figure out what the equivalent is in Debian inits
> (sys V?)

/dev/ppp is created when the ppp_generic module is loaded.  If it doesn't
exist, the module probably isn't being loaded correctly.  Adding ppp_generic
to /etc/modules should solve your immediate problem.

There seems to be some dispute about how "non-hardware" modules like
ppp_generic and loop should be loaded in a udev environment.  There is some
discussion here:

 - mdz

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