Linux Command Directory
This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.
Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.
mknod [options] name type [major minor]
Create a special file (a file that can send or receive data). Special files can be character files
To choose which type of device to create, use one of the following arguments:
Create a FIFO file (named pipe). You do not need to specify the major and minor device numbers.
Create a block file. You must specify the major and minor device numbers the file represents.
Create a character file. You must specify the major and minor device numbers the file represents.
Linux's /dev/MAKEDEV utility is useful for creating one or more devices of a given type in a single command.
Print usage information and exit.
Set the file mode of the device, as with chmod. The default mode is a=rw unless you have chosen other settings via umask.
Print version information and exit.