SUMMARY: Solaris8 corrupted hme0 device file?

From: Peter Guthrie (
Date: Tue Sep 12 2000 - 03:16:03 CDT

Thanks to:

Oberg Mats
Ira Kronitz
Kevin Amorin
David B. Harrington
Mike Salehi
Changa Anderson
Josh Wyatt

all suggested variations of removing the device file(s) and boot -r.

The vitual beer goes to Kevin Ying who suggested checking for the
presence of the file: /kernel/drv/sparcv9/hme which it turns out was
missing, as was the whole SUNWhmdx fileset.

I've been playing with packaging tools recently so it's likely I mistakenly
deleted this fileset. I added it from the Solaris8 CDROM and rebooted it
whereby it came right back up.

Thanks again to all who responded.


Peter Guthrie wrote:
> I have an Ultra10 running Solaris8. It's been running fine since I installed
> it a few weeks ago.
> This morning it didn't reboot as normal, during bootup I get the message:
> "configuring IPv4 interfaces:ifconfig plumb: hme0: Bad file number"
> The OS boots but there is no hme0 interface so NIS, NFS, etc, timeout.
> I booted it in single user mode and inspected /dev/hme which is a link to
> ../device/pseudo/clone@0:hme
> /devices/pseudo/clone@0:hme looks ok too:
> crw------- 1 root sys 11, 7 Aug 16 09:12 /devices/pseudo/clone@0:hme
> It seems as though the device files for hme0 may be corrupt, I've verified
> that the hardware is ok by running the network diagnostic tests in obdiag.
> Also running boot cdrom - install seems to bring up the interface ok.
> Is there a way to clear out the device files and force them to be rebuilt?
> (I've tried "boot -r").
> Help!
> Peter

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