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mkdir - make directories




Create the DIRECTORY(ies), if they do not already exist.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-Z, --context=CONTEXT (SELinux) set security context to CONTEXT

-m, --mode=MODE
set file mode (as in chmod), not a=rwx - umask

-p, --parents
no error if existing, make parent directories as needed

-v, --verbose
print a message for each created directory

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


Written by David MacKenzie.

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Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also


The full documentation for mkdir is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and mkdir programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info mkdir

should give you access to the complete manual.

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