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How is  block special file and a character special file different from each other? What does it mean to say “character special” and “block special” respectively?

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Both  “character special” and “block special” files are special files in UNIX. 

A block special file that gives access to a device that moves in gatherings of a fixed size. Eg a disk

A character special document that gives access to a device that moves in augmentations of a single character; for instance, a terminal.

Further Reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_file

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