SUMMARY: Could not open /dev/kbd

From: Chris Wozniak TISC (
Date: Thu Jan 12 1995 - 04:47:15 CST

I've received only two replies to my query about the "/dev/kbd"
warning message. It's almost certain that Chris Terry is right.
I haven't installed the graphics stuff on my server, as it has
no graphics card or monitor. I'm not going to waste disk space
to get rid of a nuisance warning, but I was hoping for some
fast and sweet solution.

Thanks to Chris Terry and Birger Wathne for their replies.

> Hello gurus.
> Whenever unix2dos runs on my Sun 630MP/SunOS 4.1.3 the message:
> could not open /dev/kbd to get keyboard type US keyboard assumed
> could not get keyboard type US keyboard assumed
> is displayed. The /dev/kbd is there with rw permissions for everybody
> and everything else seems to be working fine.
> It is not a vital problem but I'd like to know what's
> causing it and how to get rid of this nuisance.
> Thanks in advance

you are probably running a system without a graphics head. In this case it
won't find the driver for the
keyboard interface on the back of your system.

Chris Terry

I guess it tries to open the device and issue a ioctl call to the kbd to
find out what kind of keyboard you have. It could use this to guess
at what kind of language your file is, so it uses the correct
codepage for the output.

I'm not shure about this, as it doesn't say anything about it in the
man pages.

Try tracing the process to see exactly what it tries to do.


Chris A. Wozniak

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