MKNOD(8) Maintenance Procedures MKNOD(8)
mknod - make a special file
SYNOPSIS mknod name
b major minor mknod name
c major minor mknod name
makes a directory entry for a special file.
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).
The following operands are supported: major
device number. 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.
for the description of the behavior of mknod
encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2^31 bytes).
SEE ALSO ftp(1)
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
September 16, 1996 MKNOD(8)