tempfile(1)



TEMPFILE(1)                 General Commands Manual                TEMPFILE(1)

NAME
       tempfile - create a temporary file in a safe manner

SYNOPSIS
       tempfile [-d DIR] [-p STRING] [-s STRING] [-m MODE] [-n FILE] [--direc-
       tory=DIR]     [--prefix=STRING]     [--suffix=STRING]     [--mode=MODE]
       [--name=FILE] [--help] [--version]

DESCRIPTION
       tempfile   creates  a  temporary  file  in  a  safe  manner.   It  uses
       mkstemps(3) to choose the name and opens it with  O_RDWR  |  O_CREAT  |
       O_EXCL.  The filename is printed on standard output.

       The directory in which to create the file might be searched for in this
       order:

       a) In case the environment variable TMPDIR exists and contains the name
          of an appropriate directory, that is used.

       b) Otherwise, if the --directory argument is specified and appropriate,
          it is used.

       c) Otherwise, P_tmpdir (as defined in <stdio.h>) is used when appropri-
          ate.

       d) Finally an implementation-defined directory (/tmp) may be used.

OPTIONS
       -d, --directory DIR
              Place the file in DIR.

       -m, --mode MODE
              Open the file with MODE instead of 0600.

       -n, --name FILE
              Use  FILE  for  the name instead of tempnam(3).  The options -d,
              -p, and -s are ignored if this option is given.

       -p, --prefix STRING
              Use up to five letters of STRING to generate the name.

       -s, --suffix STRING
              Generate the file with STRING as the suffix.

       --help Print a usage message on standard output and exit successfully.

       --version
              Print version information on standard output and  exit  success-
              fully.

RETURN VALUES
       An  exit status of 0 means the temporary file was created successfully.
       Any other exit status indicates an error.

BUGS
       Exclusive creation is not guaranteed when creating files on NFS  parti-
       tions.  tempfile cannot make temporary directories.  tempfile is depre-
       cated; you should use mktemp(1) instead.

EXAMPLE
              #!/bin/sh
              #[...]
              t=$(tempfile) || exit
              trap "rm -f -- '$t'" EXIT
              #[...]
              rm -f -- "$t"
              trap - EXIT
              exit

SEE ALSO
       tempnam(3), mktemp(1)

Debian                            27 Jun 2012                      TEMPFILE(1)

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