udev 117-8 (ia64 binary) in ubuntu hardy
udev is a collection of tools and a daemon to manage events received from
the kernel and deal with them in user-space. Primarily this involves
creating and removing device nodes in /dev when hardware is discovered or
removed from the system.
Events are received via kernel netlink messaged and processed according to
rules in /etc/udev/rules.d, altering the name of the device node, creating
additional symlinks or calling other tools and programs including those to
load kernel modules and initialise the device.
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