NULL(4) Linux Programmer's Manual NULL(4)NAME
null, zero - data sink
Data written to a null or zero special file is discarded.
Reads from the null special file always return end of file (i.e.,
read(2) returns 0), whereas reads from zero always return bytes con‐
taining zero (\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
If these devices are not writable and readable for all users, many pro‐
grams will act strangely.
SEE ALSOchown(1), mknod(1), full(4)COLOPHON
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Linux 2009-02-23 NULL(4)