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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for mknod (opensolaris section 1m)

mknod(1M)						  System Administration Commands						 mknod(1M)

NAME
mknod - make a special file
SYNOPSIS
mknod name b major minor mknod name c major minor mknod name p
DESCRIPTION
mknod makes a directory entry for a special file.
OPTIONS
The following options are supported: b Create a block-type special file. c Create a character-type special file. p Create a FIFO (named pipe).
OPERANDS
The following operands are supported: major The major device number. minor The minor device number; can be either decimal or octal. The assignment of major device numbers is specific to each system. You must be the super-user to use this form of the command. name A special file to be created.
USAGE
See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of mknod when encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2^31 bytes).
ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWcsu | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
SEE ALSO
ftp(1), in.ftpd(1M), mknod(2), symlink(2), attributes(5), largefile(5)
NOTES
If mknod(2) is used to create a device, the major and minor device numbers are always interpreted by the kernel running on that machine. With the advent of physical device naming, it would be preferable to create a symbolic link to the physical name of the device (in the /devices subtree) rather than using mknod. SunOS 5.11 16 Sep 1996 mknod(1M)