MKTEMP(1) User Commands MKTEMP(1)
mktemp - create a temporary file or directory
mktemp [OPTION]... [TEMPLATE]
Create a temporary file or directory, safely, and print its name. TEMPLATE must contain
at least 3 consecutive 'X's in last component. If TEMPLATE is not specified, use
tmp.XXXXXXXXXX, and --tmpdir is implied. Files are created u+rw, and directories u+rwx,
minus umask restrictions.
create a directory, not a file
do not create anything; merely print a name (unsafe)
suppress diagnostics about file/dir-creation failure
append SUFF to TEMPLATE; SUFF must not contain a slash. This option is implied if
TEMPLATE does not end in X
-p DIR, --tmpdir[=DIR]
interpret TEMPLATE relative to DIR; if DIR is not specified, use $TMPDIR if set,
else /tmp. With this option, TEMPLATE must not be an absolute name; unlike with
-t, TEMPLATE may contain slashes, but mktemp creates only the final component
-t interpret TEMPLATE as a single file name component, relative to a directory:
$TMPDIR, if set; else the directory specified via -p; else /tmp [deprecated]
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report mktemp transla-
tion bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
Written by Jim Meyering and Eric Blake.
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.
mkstemp(3), mkdtemp(3), mktemp(3)
The full documentation for mktemp is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and
mktemp programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'mktemp invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
GNU coreutils 8.22 June 2014 MKTEMP(1)