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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       null, zero - data sink

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Data written on a null or zero special file is discarded.

       Reads  from  the  null  special file always return end of file, whereas
       reads from zero always return \0 characters.

       null and zero are typically created by:

	      mknod -m 666 /dev/null c 1 3
	      mknod -m 666 /dev/zero c 1 5
	      chown root:root /dev/null /dev/zero

NOTES    [Toc]    [Back]

       If these devices are not writable and readable for all users, many programs
 will act strange.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]


SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       chown(1), mknod(1)

Linux				  1992-11-21			       NULL(4)
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