mktemp - create a temporary file or directory


mktemp [OPTION]... [TEMPLATE]


Create a temporary file or directory, safely, and print its name. If TEMPLATE is not specified, use tmp.XXXXXXXXXX.
-d, --directory
 create a directory, not a file
-q, --quiet
 suppress diagnostics about file/dir-creation failure
-u, --dry-run
 do not create anything; merely print a name (unsafe)
 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 even here, mktemp still 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.


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Copyright © 2009 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.

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