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NAME

       ioperm - set port input/output permissions

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/io.h> /* for glibc */

       int ioperm(unsigned long from, unsigned long num, int turn_on);

DESCRIPTION

       ioperm() sets the port access permission bits for the calling thread for num bits starting
       from port address from.  If turn_on is nonzero, then permission for the specified bits  is
       enabled;  otherwise  it  is  disabled.   If turn_on is nonzero, the calling thread must be
       privileged (CAP_SYS_RAWIO).

       Before Linux 2.6.8, only the first 0x3ff I/O ports could be specified in this manner.  For
       more  ports,  the  iopl(2) system call had to be used (with a level argument of 3).  Since
       Linux 2.6.8, 65,536 I/O ports can be specified.

       Permissions are inherited by the child created by fork(2) (but  see  NOTES).   Permissions
       are  preserved  across  execve(2);  this  is  useful for giving port access permissions to
       unprivileged programs.

       This call is mostly for the i386 architecture.  On many other architectures  it  does  not
       exist or will always return an error.

RETURN VALUE

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

       EINVAL Invalid values for from or num.

       EIO    (on PowerPC) This call is not supported.

       ENOMEM Out of memory.

       EPERM  The calling thread has insufficient privilege.

CONFORMING TO

       ioperm() is Linux-specific and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.

NOTES

       The /proc/ioports file shows the I/O ports that are currently allocated on the system.

       Before Linux 2.4, permissions were not inherited by a child created by fork(2).

       Glibc has an ioperm() prototype both in <sys/io.h> and in <sys/perm.h>.  Avoid the latter,
       it is available on i386 only.

SEE ALSO

       iopl(2), outb(2), capabilities(7)

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