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make FIFOs (named pipes)


mkfifo [OPTION]... NAME...

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mkfifo /tmp/outfile.flv
mkdir ../fifos
mkfifo ../fifos/stream
rm fifo.264
mkfifo fifo.264


Create named pipes (FIFOs) with the given NAMEs.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
, --mode=MODE

set file permission bits to MODE, not a=rw - umask

-Z, --context=CTX

set the SELinux security context of each NAME to CTX


display this help and exit


output version information and exit


Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Report mkfifo bugs to bug-coreutils[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org
GNU coreutils home page: <>
General help using GNU software: <>
Report mkfifo translation bugs to <>

see also


The full documentation for mkfifo is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and mkfifo programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info coreutils 'mkfifo invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


Written by David MacKenzie.

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