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I would like to learn udev rules. Here is what I do:

victor@X301A1:~$ ls /etc/udev/rules.d/
70-persistent-cd.rules  70-persistent-net.rules  README


victor@X301A1:~$ sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/01-my-first-udev.rules

My rule:

ACTION=="add", RUN+="echo HELLO ! > /home/victor/udev_test_log.txt"

After saving the file:

 sudo udevadm control --reload-rules

I expected that connecting an USB device would write in the file but nothing happens. Where am I wrong?

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In RUN you must to put a path to a script. See man udev:

Add a program to the list of programs to be executed for a specific device. This can only be used for very short running tasks. Running an event process for a long period of time may block all further events for this or a dependent device. Long running tasks need to be immediately detached from the event process itself.

For examle, create a new script, let say in /lib/udev with sudo -H gedit /lib/udev/ and put next lines inside:


echo HELLO ! > /home/<username>/udev_test_log.txt

Change <username> with your user name. Save the file, close it and make it executable with:

chmod +x /lib/udev/

Add a new rule in your /etc/udev/rules.d/01-my-first-udev.rules file like this:

ACTION=="add", RUN+="/lib/udev/"
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I tried with my mouse but nothing happens. How can I "debug" this ? – VictorLamoine May 19 '13 at 18:51
@VictorL I edited my answer. Is tested, so it should work. – Radu Rădeanu May 29 '13 at 7:15

Actually, I couldn't get a reference for this; But It's something got by Try & Error.

  • udev requires the full path of script/program/file used either in PROGRAM, TEST, RUN or IMPORT.

  • udev doesn't support redirection operations.

  • udev can handle command with arguments.

  • udev has variable substitution.

So you can write multifunction script (not just blind/single task script :) ), Example that sure it works for me:

KERNEL=="2-1.2:1.[0-9]*", DRIVER!="usb-storage", RUN+="/bin/sh -c 'echo -n %k,%p > /home/sneetsher/Desktop/%n.txt'"
  • /bin/sh absolute path
  • > redirection is handled inside shell
  • -c '...' 2 command arguments
  • %k, %p, %n udev variables (device kernel name, device path, device number)

So for your case:

ACTION=="add", RUN+="/bin/sh -c 'echo HELLO ! > /home/victor/udev_test_log.txt'"
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