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Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019
 
 

mkfifo(8)

Name

mkfifo - make FIFO special file

Synopsis

/usr/bin/mkfifo [-m mode] path...

Description

The mkfifo utility creates the FIFO special files named by its argument list. The arguments are taken sequentially, in the order specified; and each FIFO special file is either created completely or, in the case of an error or signal, not created at all.

If errors are encountered in creating one of the special files, mkfifo writes a diagnostic message to the standard error and continues with the remaining arguments, if any.

The mkfifo utility calls the library routine mkfifo(3C), with the path argument is passed as the path argument from the command line, and mode is set to the equivalent of a=rw, modified by the current value of the file mode creation mask umask(1).

Options

The following option is supported:

–m mode

Set the file permission bits of the newly-created FIFO to the specified mode value. The mode option-argument will be the same as the mode operand defined for the chmod(1) command. In <symbolicmode> strings, the op characters + and will be interpreted relative to an assumed initial mode of a=rw.

Operands

The following operand is supported:

file

A path name of the FIFO special file to be created.

Environment Variables

See environ(7) for descriptions of the following environment variables that affect the execution of mkfifo: LANG, LC_ALL , LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH.

Exit Status

The following exit values are returned:

0

All the specified FIFO special files were created successfully.

>0

An error occurred.

Attributes

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Availability
system/core-os
Interface Stability
Committed
Standard

See Also

chmod(1), umask(1), mkfifo(3C), attributes(7), environ(7), standards(7)