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NAME

       tmpfile - create a temporary file

SYNOPSIS

       #include <stdio.h>

       FILE *tmpfile(void);

DESCRIPTION

       The tmpfile() function opens a unique temporary file in binary read/write (w+b) mode.  The
       file will be automatically deleted when it is closed or the program terminates.

RETURN VALUE

       The tmpfile() function returns a stream descriptor, or NULL if a unique filename cannot be
       generated  or  the  unique  file  cannot  be  opened.  In the latter case, errno is set to
       indicate the error.

ERRORS

       EACCES Search permission denied for directory in file's path prefix.

       EEXIST Unable to generate a unique filename.

       EINTR  The call was interrupted by a signal; see signal(7).

       EMFILE The per-process limit on the number of open file descriptors has been reached.

       ENFILE The system-wide limit on the total number of open files has been reached.

       ENOSPC There was no room in the directory to add the new filename.

       EROFS  Read-only filesystem.

ATTRIBUTES

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

       ┌──────────┬───────────────┬─────────┐
       │InterfaceAttributeValue   │
       ├──────────┼───────────────┼─────────┤
       │tmpfile() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │
       └──────────┴───────────────┴─────────┘

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, C89, C99, SVr4, 4.3BSD, SUSv2.

NOTES

       POSIX.1-2001 specifies: an error message may be written to stdout if the stream cannot  be
       opened.

       The  standard  does not specify the directory that tmpfile() will use.  Glibc will try the
       path prefix P_tmpdir defined in <stdio.h>, and if that fails the directory /tmp.

SEE ALSO

       exit(3), mkstemp(3), mktemp(3), tempnam(3), tmpnam(3)

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                                            2016-03-15                                 TMPFILE(3)