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NAME         top

       mktemp - create a temporary file or directory

SYNOPSIS         top

       mktemp [OPTION]... [TEMPLATE]

DESCRIPTION         top

       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

       -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

              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

              output version information and exit

AUTHOR         top

       Written by Jim Meyering and Eric Blake.

REPORTING BUGS         top

       GNU coreutils online help: <>
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COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 2020 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.

SEE ALSO         top

       mkstemp(3), mkdtemp(3), mktemp(3)

       Full documentation <>
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) mktemp invocation'

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