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What I wants to do is to use xconsole to get the output of some user commands. Basically as a regular user, I wanto concentrate my some commands outputs in xconsole so I will have a common place to get them. I use several terminals so this is the reason I want a common place for all the outputs. The workaround at the moment is to call to my commands using the next alias in csh:

alias myCommand >& /tmp/console

Then I launch xconsole with the next command:

xconsole -file /tmp/console -daemon -notify -saveLines 1000

So for every command I need to send to xconsole I make a similar alias. My problem is that this is opening a regular file I think, not a block or char device like /dev/console. and sometimes seems that txconsole stops to output stuff, I prefer to be able to create my own char device and output my stuff there, but trying to do it with mknod outside /dev returns me an error. There is any way to create char devices in you user space? Is the strategy I am using the best? or there are better alternative to get a common place for user comands output?


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Rather than using a normal file for --file, it looks like just about every distribution creates a named pipe /dev/xconsole for this purpose, you can make one yourself with mknod /tmp/console p

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Thanks for the response. I think /dev/console is a character device, why did you put mknod in p mode to create a FIFE device, rather than c for character? – Pablo Gimenez Oct 15 '10 at 15:12
Because you can't go around just making up random devices, but you can make random FIFOs. Normal users can't make device entries either, even if the major/minor device numbers exist (imagine the chaos if users could just create /dev/kmem with read and write permission!) – DerfK Oct 15 '10 at 15:35

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