Changes the characteristics of a device.
chdev -l Name [ -a Attribute=Value ... ] [ -f File ] [ -h ] [ -p ParentName ] [ -P | -T ] [ -q ] [ -w ConnectionLocation ]
The chdev command changes the characteristics of the device specified with the given device logical name (the -l Name flag).The device can be in the Defined, Stopped, or Available state. Some changes may not be allowed when the device is in the Available state. When changing the device characteristics, you can supply the flags either on the command line or from a specified File parameter.
When neither the -P nor the -T flags are specified, the chdev command applies the changes to the device and updates the database to reflect the changes. If the -P flag is specified, only the database is updated to reflect the changes, and the device itself is left unchanged. This is useful in cases where a device cannot be changed because it is in use; in which case, the changes can be made to the database with the -P flag, and the changes will be applied to the device when the system is restarted. The -T flag is used to make a temporary change in the device without the change being reflected in the database. It is temporary in that the device will revert to the characteristics described in the database when the system is restarted. Not all devices support the -P and -T flags. A device that is in the Defined state can only have changes applied to the database.
Attention: To protect the Configuration database, the chdev command is not interruptible. To stop this command before execution is complete could result in a corrupted database.
You can use the Web-based System Manager Devices application (wsm devices fast path) to change device characteristics. You could also use the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) smit chdev fast path to run this command for certain devices.
|-a Attribute=Value||Specifies the device attribute value pairs used for changing specific attribute values. The Attribute=Value parameter can use one attribute value pair or multiple attribute value pairs for one -a flag. If you use an -a flag with multiple attribute value pairs, the list of pairs must be enclosed in quotes with spaces between the pairs. For example, entering -a Attribute=Value lists one attribute value pair per flag, while entering -a 'Attribute1=Value1 Attribute2=Value2' lists more than one attribute value pair.|
|-f File||Reads the needed flags from the named File parameter.|
|-h||Displays the command usage message.|
|-l Name||Specifies the device logical name, specified by the Name parameter, in the Customized Devices object class whose characteristics are to be changed.|
|-P||Changes the device's characteristics permanently in the Customized Devices object class without actually changing the device. This is useful for devices that cannot be made unavailable and cannot be changed while in the available state. The change can be made to the database with the -P flag. By restarting the system, the changes will be applied to the device. This flag cannot be used with the -T flag. Not all devices support the -P flag.|
|-p ParentName||Specifies the new device logical name of the parent device, specified by the ParentName parameter, in the Customized Devices object class. This flag is used only when changing the parent of the device. Not all devices support the -p flag.|
|-q||Suppresses the command output messages from standard output and standard error.|
|-T||Changes the characteristics of the device temporarily without changing the Customized Devices object class for the current start of the system. This flag cannot be used with the -P flag. Not all devices support the -T flag.|
|-w ConnectionLocation||Specifies the new connection location on the parent. This flag is used only when changing the connection location of the device. Not all devices support the -w flag.|
Access Control: Only the root user and members of the security group should have execute (x) access to this command.
|DEV_Change||Parameters to the method the cfgmgr command calls.|
chdev -l rmt0 -a ret=noThe system displays a message similar to the following:
chdev -l tok0 -f changattrThe system displays a message similar to the following:
chdev -l scsi0 -a id=6 -PThe system displays a message similar to the following:
scsi0 changedTo apply the change to the adapter, shutdown and restart the system.
chdev -l ent0 -a bnc_select=dixThe system displays a message similar to the following:
ent0 changedIf an error message is displayed because the device is in use, reissue the chdev command using the -P flag. Shutdown and restart the system to apply the change to the adapter.
chdev -l tty11 -p sa5 -w 0The system displays a message similar to the following:
tty11 changed chdev -l sys0 -a maxuproc=100
|/usr/lpp/msg/En_US/cmdcfg.cat||Contains the message catalog file.|
|/usr/sbin/chdev||Specifies the command file.|
Commands: lsattr, lsconn, lsdev, lsparent, mkdev, rmdev.
The Devices Overview for System Management in AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices provides information about adding, changing, moving, and removing devices.
Setting up and running Web-based System Management in AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices.
The System Management Interface Tool (SMIT): Overview in AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices tells you about the SMIT application.