deallocate - device deallocation

deallocate [-s] [-w] [-F] [-z zonename]
     [-c dev-class | -g dev-type | device]

deallocate [-s] [-w] [-F] [-z zonename] -I

The deallocate command frees an allocated device. It resets the ownership and permissions on all device special files associated with the device, disabling access to that device. deallocate runs the device cleaning program for that device as specified in device_allocate(5).

The default deallocate operation deallocates devices allocated to the user.

The following options are supported:

-c dev-class

Deallocates all devices of the specified device class.

-F device

Forces deallocation of the device associated with the file specified by device. Only a user with the solaris.device.revoke authorization is permitted to use this option.


Forces deallocation of all allocatable devices. Only a user with the solaris.device.revoke authorization is permitted to use this option. This option should only be used at system initialization.


Silent. Suppresses any diagnostic output.

The following options are supported when the system is configured with Trusted Extensions:

-g dev-type

Deallocates a device of device type matching dev-type.


Runs the device cleaning program in a windowing environment. If a windowing version of the program exists, it is used. Otherwise, the standard version is run in a terminal window.

-z zonename

Deallocates device from the zone specified by zonename.

The following operands are supported:


Deallocates the specified device.

The following exit values are returned:


Successful completion.


No entry for the specified device.

other value

An error occurred.





See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface Stability See below.

The invocation is Uncommitted. The options are Uncommitted. The output is Not-an-Interface.

allocate(1), list_devices(1), device_allocate(5), device_maps(5), attributes(7), dminfo(8), mkdevalloc(8), mkdevmaps(8)

On systems configured with Trusted Extensions, the functionality is enabled by default.

/etc/security/dev, mkdevalloc(8), and mkdevmaps(8) might not be supported in a future release of the Solaris Operating Environment.

March 6, 2017 OmniOS