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MKNOD(1)								FSF								  MKNOD(1)

NAME
mknod - make block or character special files
SYNOPSIS
mknod [OPTION]... NAME TYPE [MAJOR MINOR]
DESCRIPTION
Create the special file NAME of the given TYPE. Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too. -m, --mode=MODE set permission mode (as in chmod), not a=rw - umask --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit MAJOR MINOR are forbidden for TYPE p, mandatory otherwise. TYPE may be: b create a block (buffered) special file c, u create a character (unbuffered) special file p create a FIFO
AUTHOR
Written by David MacKenzie.
REPORTING BUGS
Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.
COPYRIGHT
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICU- LAR PURPOSE.
SEE ALSO
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 mknod should give you access to the complete manual. mknod (coreutils) 4.5.3 February 2003 MKNOD(1)