mktemp

create a temporary file or directory

TLDR

Create an empty temporary file and return the absolute path to it

>_ mktemp
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Create a temporary directory and return the absolute path to it

>_ mktemp -d
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Create a temporary file with a specified suffix

>_ mktemp --suffix "[.txt]"
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SYNOPSIS

mktemp [ OPTION ]...[ TEMPLATE ]

DESCRIPTION

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

--suffix = SUFF append SUFF to TEMPLATE; SUFF must not contain a slash. This option is implied if TEMPLATE does not end in X

-p DIR, --tmpdir [= DIR ] 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

-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

--version output version information and exit

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report any translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

mkstemp(3), mkdtemp(3), mktemp(3) Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/mktemp> or available locally via: info mktemp invocation

AUTHOR

Written by Jim Meyering and Eric Blake.

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