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mktemp - create a temporary file or directory




mktemp [OPTION]... [TEMPLATE]


Create a temporary file or directory, safely, and print its name. TEMPLATE must contain at least 3 consecutive ‘X’s in last component. If TEMPLATE is not specified, use tmp.XXXXXXXXXX, and --tmpdir is implied. Files are created u+rw, and directories u+rwx, minus umask restrictions.
-d, --directory
  create a directory, not a file
-u, --dry-run
  do not create anything; merely print a name (unsafe)
-q, --quiet
  suppress diagnostics about file/dir-creation failure
  append SUFF to TEMPLATE. SUFF must not contain slash. This option is implied if TEMPLATE does not end in X.
  interpret TEMPLATE relative to DIR. If DIR is not specified, use $TMPDIR if set, else /tmp. With this option, TEMPLATE must not be an absolute name. Unlike with -t, TEMPLATE may contain slashes, but mktemp creates only the final component
-p DIR use DIR as a prefix; implies -t [deprecated]
-t interpret TEMPLATE as a single file name component, relative to a directory: $TMPDIR, if set; else the directory specified via -p; else /tmp [deprecated]
--help display this help and exit
  output version information and exit


Written by Jim Meyering and Eric Blake.


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Copyright © 2011 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.


mkstemp(3), mkdtemp(3), mktemp(3)

The full documentation for mktemp is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and mktemp programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils mktemp invocation
should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb MKTEMP (1) September 2011
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