Hello, Thanks for the reply! Here is the information requested below:


FreeBSD 4.7-RC FreeBSD 4.7-RC #0: Sun Apr 13 21:43:57 PDT 2003 

LS -al:

drwxr-xr-x   2 root  wheel        18432 Aug 28 03:01 .
drwxr-xr-x  22 root  wheel         1024 Apr  7 16:32 ..
crw-r-----   1 root  operator   13, 0x00030002 Sep 17  2002 da0s2c
crw-r-----   2 root  operator   13, 0x00030003 Sep 17  2002 da0s2d
lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  wheel           12 Sep 17  2002 log -> /var/run/log
lrwxr-xr-x   1 root  wheel           13 Sep 17  2002 mouse -> /dev/sysmouse
-rw-rw-r--   1 root  wheel          115 Aug 29 03:01 null
crw-r-----   1 root  operator   13, 0x00030001 Sep 17  2002 rda0s2b
crw-r-----   2 root  operator   13, 0x00030003 Sep 17  2002 rda0s2d
-rw-r--r--   1 root  wheel            0 Aug 29 03:01 stderr


/dev/da0s1a on / (ufs, local)
/dev/da0s2h on /home (ufs, local, soft-updates)
/dev/da0s2e on /usr (ufs, local, soft-updates)
/dev/da0s2f on /var (ufs, local, soft-updates)
/dev/da0s2g on /var/tmp (ufs, local, soft-updates)

Any ideas? Can I somehow restore the missing files? What could cause this? I am 
certain I did not do it; no one else has root. Thank you.

----- Original Message ----
From: Oliver Fromme <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG; babak badaei <[EMAIL 
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 3:14:40 AM
Subject: Re: What could cause /DEV to clear out?

babak badaei <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
 > Today I was not able to log into my machine using SSH. I got this
 > following message "Server refused to allocate pty". I was, somewhat
 > fortunately, able to log using SCP. So SCP works. 

You can use "ssh -T" which disables allocation of a pty
(pseudo tty).  You probably won't be able to use full-
screen programs (such as vi), and maybe your shell's
editing functions won't work (depending on the shell),
but at least you will get a shell prompt.  See the ssh(1)
manual page for details.

 > The file system
 > looked good for the most part; until I checked out "/DEV". Almost
 > everything was GONE! Including MAKEDEV. Not sure what to do.

What version of FreeBSD are you running?  FreeBSD 5 and 6
use DEVFS, so MAKEDEV isn't required anymore (it wouldn't
work anyway).  If you're still running FreeBSD 4, then
there should be /dev/MAKEDEV.

 > Possible clue: Before this happened, last time I was actually
 > logged in via SSH, I ran a dropdb command on one of my postgres
 > databases and got an error message saying I did not have permission
 > to "/DEV/NULL". Not sure what to do, I set permissions to allow write
 > on "NULL". I have done "dropdb" many times before and had never seen
 > that message.

Please give the output from these commands:
uname -a
ls -al /dev
mount | grep dev

 > I hope this is in the right forum. This is the closest thing to right
 > place for this question in my mind but if this is in the wrong place
 > please direct me to the right forum.

Why do you think -arch would be the most appropriate place?
This should rather go to -questions (I've redirected it).

Best regards

Oliver Fromme,  secnetix GmbH & Co. KG, Marktplatz 29, 85567 Grafing
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