File - Special File

1 - About

A special file is a type of file that define devices for the system or temporary files created by processes.

3 - Type

There are three basic types of special files:

  • FIFO (first-in, first-out),
  • block,
  • and character.

Block and character files define devices.

3.1 - FIFO

FIFO files are also called pipes. Pipes are created by one process to temporarily allow communication with another process. These files cease to exist when the first process finishes.

4 - Documentation / Reference


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