mknod creates a FIFO, character special file, or block special file with the specified name. Synopsis:
mknod [option]... name type [major minor]
Unlike the phrase “special file type” above, the term special file has a technical meaning on Unix: something that can generate or receive data. Usually this corresponds to a physical piece of hardware, e.g., a printer or a disk. (These files are typically created at system-configuration time.) The mknod command is what creates files of this type. Such devices can be read either a character at a time or a “block” (many characters) at a time, hence we say there are block special files and character special files.
Due to shell aliases and built-in mknod functions, using an
unadorned mknod interactively or in a script may get you
different functionality than that described here. Invoke it via
env mknod ...) to avoid interference
from the shell.
The arguments after name specify the type of file to make:
When making a block or character special file, the major and minor device numbers must be given after the file type. If a major or minor device number begins with ‘0x’ or ‘0X’, it is interpreted as hexadecimal; otherwise, if it begins with ‘0’, as octal; otherwise, as decimal.
The program accepts the following option. Also see Common options.
An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value indicates failure.