mknod(1) — Linux manual page


MKNOD(1)                        User Commands                       MKNOD(1)

NAME         top

       mknod - make block or character special files

SYNOPSIS         top

       mknod [OPTION]... NAME TYPE [MAJOR MINOR]

DESCRIPTION         top

       Create the special file NAME of the given TYPE.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options

       -m, --mode=MODE
              set file permission bits to MODE, not a=rw - umask

       -Z     set the SELinux security context to default type

              like -Z, or if CTX is specified then set the SELinux or SMACK
              security context to CTX

       --help display this help and exit

              output version information and exit

       Both MAJOR and MINOR must be specified when TYPE is b, c, or u, and
       they must be omitted when TYPE is p.  If MAJOR or MINOR begins with
       0x or 0X, it is interpreted as hexadecimal; otherwise, if it begins
       with 0, as octal; otherwise, as decimal.  TYPE may be:

       b      create a block (buffered) special file

       c, u   create a character (unbuffered) special file

       p      create a FIFO

       NOTE: your shell may have its own version of mknod, which usually
       supersedes the version described here.  Please refer to your shell's
       documentation for details about the options it supports.

AUTHOR         top

       Written by David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS         top

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COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU
       GPL version 3 or later <>.
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO         top


       Full documentation <>
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) mknod invocation'

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GNU coreutils 8.32               March 2020                         MKNOD(1)

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