6.17. Mktemp-1.5

The Mktemp package contains programs used to create secure temporary files in shell scripts.

Approximate build time: 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 436 KB
Installation depends on: Coreutils, Make, and Patch

6.17.1. Installation of Mktemp

Many scripts still use the deprecated tempfile program, which has functionality similar to mktemp. Patch Mktemp to include a tempfile wrapper:

patch -Np1 -i ../mktemp-1.5-add_tempfile-2.patch

Prepare Mktemp for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-libc

The meaning of the configure options:


This causes the mktemp program to use the mkstemp and mkdtemp functions from the system C library.

Compile the package:


Install the package:

make install
make install-tempfile

6.17.2. Contents of Mktemp

Installed programs: mktemp and tempfile

Short Descriptions


Creates temporary files in a secure manner; it is used in scripts


Creates temporary files in a less secure manner than mktemp; it is installed for backwards-compatibility