Trying to read contents of /dev/

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I am trying to use "hexdump" on the files in the /dev/ directory. This is ubuntu 9.10. There is some more in this forum: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...of-dev-785703/ Hexdump returned small blocks of bytes or couldn't see the files even as root. I expected to see the actual data streams from the various devices. How come this doesn't work? (HowTos)