I tried this command on my Linux Ubuntu prompt in Amazon Web Services
sudo file /dev/xvda1
and the output is
/dev/xvda1: block special
What is the meaning of
block special in the output?
Most of the things you find below
For more details on this special device, please see What is the “/dev/ xvda1 ” device?
For more details on what devices, and especially block devices are, you may consult Device file - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.