Silverblue toolbox /dev/ttyUSB0 has permission 'nobody:nobody'

When trying to access ‘/dev/ttyUSB0’ in the toolbox container using silverblue F36 (system release at bottom) the device fails with the following error

Cannot create lockfile for /dev/ttyUSB0: Permission denied

I’ve check the permissions for the device and it’s assigned to ‘nobody:nobody’ and hence won’t allow me to access.
Looked around I found a guide to use ‘udev rules’ to give me permission for the device, Accessing USB serial devices in Fedora Silverblue – Just another Linux geek and I get the following error.

Unfortunately I fail at the following point.

sudo udevadm control --reload-rules
Failed to send reload request: No such file or directory

I’ve restarted both the container and my system and the udev rule hasn’t been applied so I’m not sure how to access the ttyUSB device.

Does anyone know how to access the tty device in a Silverblue toolbox container as I would like to be able to use software from inside toolbox to access the USB device.


● fedora:fedora/36/x86_64/silverblue
                   Version: 36.20220508.0 (2022-05-08T00:42:01Z)
                BaseCommit: dd4ac38b4030e0192777eef2c243f1b2a777f6d6526fd52b84f0a2ec2984b6bb
              GPGSignature: Valid signature by 53DED2CB922D8B8D9E63FD18999F7CBF38AB71F4
           LayeredPackages: ddcutil ffmpeg-libs mozilla-openh264 openssl tmux wireshark zsh
             LocalPackages: rpmfusion-free-release-36-0.2.noarch rpmfusion-nonfree-release-36-0.2.noarch

To answer my own question it looks like there’s a limitation in the way that toolbox mounts the ‘/dev’ directory limits the permissions to access certain devices.

Given this I’m going to have to go back to Fedora Workstation for the time being.


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In case you’re still on Silverblue and haven’t moved to Workstation yet, have you tried distrobox?

It’s like toolbox but with more features, I quite prefer it. I just found out it’s got a rootful mode, for creating toolboxes with full root privileges (though you’d still enter as your user) which retains privileges if you need to access /dev files.


$ distrobox create --root toolbox
$ distrobox enter --root toolbox
# inside the toolbox...
toolbox:$ % ll /dev/ttyACM0
crw-rw----. 1 root dialout 166, 0 Jun  5 09:19 /dev/ttyACM0

Let me know if this helps. I’m still on Workstation and want to make the move to Silverblue, and access to /dev files inside a toolbox is important to me as well.

For what it’s worth, I also hit this issue but using udev rules worked for me.

In my case, my M5Core was showing as /dev/ttyACM0 and so I just went for a very simple rule:

KERNEL=="ttyACM0", OWNER="dave"

I was able to use inside the my esp32 toolbox sucessfully.

For all ttyACM* devices, generic solution would be:

cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/udev/rules.d/50-usb-serial.rules

@moderators Please close this NECRO thread.