null(4) — Linux manual page

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NULL(4)                 Linux Programmer's Manual                NULL(4)

NAME         top

       null, zero - data sink

DESCRIPTION         top

       Data written to the /dev/null and /dev/zero special files is
       discarded.

       Reads from /dev/null always return end of file (i.e., read(2)
       returns 0), whereas reads from /dev/zero always return bytes
       containing zero ('\0' characters).

       These devices 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

FILES         top

       /dev/null
       /dev/zero

NOTES         top

       If these devices are not writable and readable for all users,
       many programs will act strangely.

       Since Linux 2.6.31, reads from /dev/zero are interruptible by
       signals.  (This change was made to help with bad latencies for
       large reads from /dev/zero.)

SEE ALSO         top

       chown(1), mknod(1), full(4)

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                          2015-07-23                        NULL(4)

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