ttyS00 does not show up in /dev

From: jonsoons (
Date: 03/14/05

Date: 14 Mar 2005 14:47:29 -0800

I am running a stock Debian kernel:

Linux version 2.4.26-1-686 (herbert@gondolin) (gcc version 3.3.3
(Debian 20040401)) #1 Sat May 1 18:04:05 EST 2004

I have the following in dmesg:

Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A

However, no ttyS00 shows up in /dev.
I did a "MAKEDEV update" but it still did not show up.
Maybe I have to do a "mknod /dev/ttyS00 -c " but I have no idea what
the major and minor numbers are. Am I on the right track?
Thanks for any help.