arcmkdir man page

arcmkdir — create directories


The arcmkdir command creates directories on grid storage elements and indexing services.


arcmkdir [options] url


-p, --parents
make parent directories as needed
-P, --listplugins
list the available plugins (protocols supported)
-t, --timeout=seconds
timeout in seconds (default 20)
-z, --conffile=filename
configuration file (default ~/.arc/client.conf)
-d, --debug=debuglevel
-v, --version
print version information
-?, --help
print help


the directory to create

Extended Description

The arcmkdir command creates directories on grid storage elements and indexing services. If the parent directory does not exist and -p is not specified, then arcmkdir will probably fail, but it depends on the protocol. The permissions on the new directory are the default of the server, or if the protocol requires them to be specified then the directory is only readable/writable/searchable by the user (the equivalent of 700 on a file system).

If url starts from '@', the remaining argument is assumed to be a path to a local file containing a list of URLs, one per line. In this case arcmkdir performs like it were called multiple times - once for every URL.

Depending on the installed libraries (check with -P ), the following protocols may be used: file (file:// prefix may be omitted), http, https, httpg, ftp, gsiftp, srm, root.


Some options can be given default values by specifying them in the ARC client configuration file. By using the --conffile option a different configuration file can be used than the default.

Environment Variables

The location of the user's Grid proxy file. Shouldn't be set unless the proxy is in a non-standard location.
The location where ARC is installed can be specified by this variable. If not specified the install location will be determined from the path to the command being executed, and if this fails a WARNING will be given stating the location which will be used.
The location of ARC plugins can be specified by this variable. Multiple locations can be specified by separating them by : (; in Windows). The default location is $ARC_LOCATION/lib/arc (\ in Windows).


arcmkdir gsi


ARC software is developed by the NorduGrid Collaboration (, please consult the AUTHORS file distributed with ARC. Please report bugs and feature requests to

See Also

arccp(1), arcls(1), arcrename(1), arcrm(1),

Referenced By

arccat(1), arcclean(1), arccp(1), arcget(1), arcinfo(1), arckill(1), arcls(1), arcproxy(1), arcrename(1), arcrenew(1), arcresub(1), arcresume(1), arcrm(1), arcstat(1), arcsub(1), arcsync(1), arctest(1).

2016-12-22 NorduGrid ARC 5.3.0rc1 NorduGrid Users Manual