MKNOD(1) User Commands MKNOD(1)
mknod - make block or character special files
mknod [OPTION]... NAME TYPE [MAJOR MINOR]
Create the special file NAME of the given TYPE.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
set file permission bits to MODE, not a=rw - umask
set the SELinux security context of NAME to default type, or to CTX if specified
--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
GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report mknod transla-
tion bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
Written by David MacKenzie.
Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY,
to the extent permitted by law.
The full documentation for mknod is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and mknod
programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'mknod invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
GNU coreutils 8.22 June 2014 MKNOD(1)