named pipe

<operating system> A Unix pipe with a filename created using the "mknod" command. Named pipes allow unrelated processes to communicate with each other whereas the normal (un-named) kind can only be used by processes which are parent and child or siblings (forked from the same parent).

Last updated: 1996-12-01

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NAK « name capture « named « named pipe » name resolution » name service switching » namespace

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