man pages section 7: Device and Network Interfaces

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Updated: July 2014



devchassis - device name file system


The chassis subdirectory of the /dev devfs(7FS) file system provides a location-oriented name space. The /dev/chassis name space is maintained by the devchassisd(1M) smf service. The /dev/chassis name space is structured by chassis, receptacle, and current occupant. Within the chassis/receptacle name space, the current occupant is maintained as a dynamic symlink into the /devices file system.

     [/<occupant-type> -> /devices/...]]

An empty receptacle is represented as an empty directory.

If an fmadm(1M)—managed <alias-id> exists, then the <chassis-name>.<chassis-serial> is replaced by a managed <alias-id>. A managed <alias-id> can establish the physical location of chassis, like a building, lab, rack, and chassis U-number range inside the rack.

There is always one well-known <alias-id> associated with internal locations: SYS. This <alias-id> cannot be modified.

A <receptable-name> is associated with chassis silk-screen labeling of receptacles (like disk bays). Multiple <receptacle-name> directories can be used before coming to an occupant symlink.

The /dev/chassis name space allows you to administer the machine based on physical location.

# format /dev/chassis/SYS/HD0/disk

# zpool create tank mirror \
        /dev/chassis/RACK29.U01-04/DISK_00/disk \

fmd(1M) machine topology understanding is required to drive the creation and maintenance of the /dev/chassis name space. If this understanding is lacking, the /dev/chassis name space will be lacking. fmd(1M) and devchassisd(1M)operation is coordinated using the contents of /etc/dev/cro_db. This same data file is also used by the croinfo(1M) utility.



Directory under the /dev file system mount point that provides, when possible, a location-oriented device name space.


Data file created by fmd(1M) used to obtain information about chassis, receptacles, and occupants.

See also

croinfo(1M), devchassisd(1M), fmadm(1M), fmd(1M) , devices(4), devfs(7FS)


To prevent stale links, the entire /dev/chassis name space is removed during each boot and reestablished when both fmd(1M) and devchassisd(1M) are running. If devchassisd(1M) is not running, the /dev/chassis name space does not exist.

Gaps in fmd(1M) topology representation result in gaps in the /dev/chassis name space.