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mknod(1m) [sunos man page]

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

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 5.10 16 Sep 1996 mknod(1M)

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mknod(8)						      System Manager's Manual							  mknod(8)

mknod - Creates a special file SYNOPSIS
/usr/sbin/mknod special_file [ b major_device# minor_device# | c major_device# minor_device#] /usr/sbin/mknod filename p DESCRIPTION
The mknod command makes a directory entry. The first argument is the name of the special device file. Select a name that is descriptive of the device. The mknod command has two forms. In the first form, the second argument is the b or c flag. The last two arguments are numbers specifying the major_device, which helps the operating system find the device driver code, and the minor_device, the unit drive, or line number, which may be either decimal or octal. The assignment of major device numbers is specific to each system. You can determine the device numbers by examining the conf.c system source file. If you change the contents of the conf.c file to add a device driver, you must rebuild the kernel. In the second form of mknod, you use the p flag to create named pipes (FIFOs). Only the superuser can create a character or device special file. FLAGS
Indicates that the special file corresponds to a block-oriented device (disk or tape) Indicates that the special file corresponds to a character-oriented device Creates named pipes (FIFOs) EXAMPLES
To create the special file for a new drive, /dev/disk/dsk20, with a major device number of 1 and a minor device number of 2, enter: mknod /dev/disk/dsk20 b 1 2 This command creates the special file, /dev/disk/dsk20, which is a block special file with major device number 1 and minor device number 2. To create a pipe named fifo, enter: mknod fifo p This command creates the pipe fifo, which is not necessarily in the current directory. FILES
Specifies the command path Specifies the system device numbers specification file delim off mknod(8)

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