zero(4) -- Linux man page

 

NAME

null, zero - data sink  

DESCRIPTION

Data written on a null or zero special file is discarded.

Reads from the null special file always return end of file, whereas reads from zero always return \0 characters.

null and zero are typically created by:

mknod -m 666 /dev/null c 1 3
mknod -m 666 /dev/zero c 1 5
chown root:mem /dev/null /dev/zero

 

NOTES

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

FILES

/dev/null
/dev/zero  

SEE ALSO

chown(1), mknod(1)