named pipe

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named pipe definition

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).
(1996-12-01)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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