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The system is Ubuntu 16.04 with two Arduino devices connected via USB cables. When they are connected they appear in /dev directory as ttyACM0 and ttyACM1. Is it possible to assign a different name with a slightly different identifier such as ttyACM5?

I ran the udevadm info --name=/dev/ttyACM0 --attribute-walk command and based on the attributes they are differentiable (have different serial numbers). I tried putting a file in /etc/udev/rules.d with the lines:

ACTION=="add", ATTRS{idVendor}=="2341", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0043", ATTRS{serial}=="55839313738351017091", KERNEL="ttyUSB5", MODE="666" and ACTION=="add", ATTRS{idVendor}=="2341", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0043", ATTRS{serial}=="55839313738351017071", KERNEL="ttyUSB5", MODE="666"

But that didn't fly as the devices came up again as ttyAMC0 and ttyAMC1. Is it possible to assign a serial port a name with a slightly different number? Just a bit of background; I need to make sure the names don't flip flop between ttyACM0 and ttyACM1 after as I have a program establishing communications with these devices using their path (ex: /dev/ttyACM0), and I need the names to be stable after a PC power cycle, and also when using a USB hub. If assigning a name is off the table, any other options to achieve the desired goal?

Thanks in advance!

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  • I suspect you shouldn't be trying to assign to the KERNEL attribute - try NAME="ttyUSB5" or (failing that) SYMLINK="ttyUSB5" (which won't change the primary node identifier, but should give you an alternate that you can refer to it by) – steeldriver Apr 24 '20 at 14:44
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    I use something like this: SUBSYSTEM=="tty", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0403", ATTRS{idProduct}=="6001", ATTRS{serial}=="A400g81t", SYMLINK+="scope" in that example, the device will be called "scope" – Jean-Marie Apr 24 '20 at 14:45
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The answers offered by @steeldriver and @Jean-Marie are both spot on and the SYMLINK="ttyUSB5" did work. Essentially it created a link that is a pointer to the name the system creates for the port. Thanks!

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