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Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition by Robert Love, Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Arnold Robbins

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Name

mkdir

Synopsis

mkdir [options] directories

Create one or more directories. You must have write permission in the parent directory in order to create a directory. See also rmdir. The default mode of the new directory is 0777, modified by the system or user’s umask.

Options

-m mode, --mode mode

Set the access mode for new directories. See chmod for an explanation of acceptable formats for mode.

-p, --parents

Create intervening parent directories if they don’t exist.

-v, --verbose

Print a message for each directory created.

--help

Print help message and then exit.

--version

Print version number and then exit.

-Z context, --context=context

Set security context in SELinux.

Examples

Create a read-only directory named personal:

mkdir -m 444 personal

The following sequence:

mkdir work; cd work
mkdir junk; cd junk
mkdir questions; cd ../..

can be accomplished by typing this:

mkdir -p work/junk/questions

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