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What will happen if I delete the /dev folder?

I have a rooted android tab and I want to delete that folder since that is a system folder, I dare not delete it until I get required info.

The destination is /dev

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closed as off-topic by gronostaj, Breakthrough, Mokubai, Karan, mpy Jul 1 '13 at 7:38

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A tablet? have you considered asking this on if not perhaps you could search there for information – user273580 Jun 30 '13 at 12:24
Why do you want to delete that folder? – mpy Jun 30 '13 at 13:25
Why would you delete /dev? I voted to migrate this to Android.SE, but on second thought, it might be better to just close this as off-topic or unclear here, as I'm sure it would be closed there as well. There's absolutely no reason one would ever delete a vital part of any UNIX-based operating system (hint: even devices are represented as "files" on UNIX/Linux - now guess what /dev is!). – Breakthrough Jun 30 '13 at 18:24
This is pretty much the same as deleting the system32 folder on Windows to "save space". At best you are severely maiming your system, at worst you are completely nuking it. Why do people insist on deleting things when they have no idea what that thing does? Often these things are there for a reason, first find out that reason then decide that you want to delete it. – Mokubai Jun 30 '13 at 22:32

If you somehow manage to do that you will break the system.

See also:

This page contains information on what is held inside /dev which should explain why it is a bad idea to delete it.

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Bad things. Bad things will happen.

/dev contains a bunch of 'special files' that are essentially file abstractions to device hardware, driver interfaces etc. This is the standard way that parts of the OS can communicate to the hardware. That's probably enough of a clue as to what might happen if somehow you were able to remove it.!

I wonder what you were trying to do? The chances are there's another approach entirely.

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