USBtiny on Debian

USBtiny error

I was able to clear a “Warning: cannot open USB device: Permission denied” error when using a USBtiny programmer on my Debian sid system by adding the suggestion at the end of this Adafruit page.

Specifically, as root create a file /etc/udev/rules.d/99-USBtiny.rules with the following single line:

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{product}=="USBtiny", ATTR{idProduct}=="0c9f", ATTRS{idVendor}=="1781", MODE="0660", GROUP="dialout"

The next time you log in, your USBtiny should work as expected.

You can confirm the ATTR{idProduct} and ATTRS{idVendor} values by plugging in your USBtiny and running dmesg (as root):

# dmesg
[404467.789928] usb 2-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=1781, idProduct=0c9f
[404467.789930] usb 2-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[404467.789931] usb 2-1.2: Product: USBtiny

Update (9/17/2018)

I received a new programmer that was identifying itself as “USBtinyISP” rather than “USBtiny”, and so the udev rule above wasn’t allowing user access to the new programmer. The solution was to add a new rule in the form of a second line to /etc/udev/rules.d/99-USBtiny.rules:

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{product}=="USBtiny", ATTR{idProduct}=="0c9f", ATTRS{idVendor}=="1781", MODE="0660", GROUP="dialout"
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{product}=="USBtinyISP", ATTR{idProduct}=="0c9f", ATTRS{idVendor}=="1781", MODE="0660", GROUP="dialout"

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