LKBEN10992: Howto create a directory with missing parent directories

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


You need to create a directory but dont know if the parent directories exist yet




To create a directory under linux you use the mkdir command. When you have to create a directory but you do not know in advance if all the parent directories exist, you can use the -p parameter. This will create them automatically. e.g.:

mkdir -p ThisParent/ThanThisOne/TheFolder 

will create the direcorier "ThisParent" and "ThanThisOne" if they do not exist yet before creating the directories "TheFolder".


About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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