Linux Tutorial Series

Linux Tutorial Series – 144.1 – /dev/null

This post is a tidbit of a useful cultural thing you should know if you were to use Linux.

As we talked about in the previous post, /dev/null means “void”; that is, it /dev/null disregards anything sent to it.

In the Unix culture, if someone tells you to “send your comments to /dev/null”, that means “don’t bother sending comments”. (“Null device,” n.d.)⁠ If somebody tells you to go to /dev/null, well… You get the picture.

Just an interesting tidbit of Unix culture. Talk soon!


Null device. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2020, from