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NAME

       pipe, pipe2 - create pipe

SYNOPSIS

       #include <unistd.h>

       /* On Alpha, IA-64, MIPS, SuperH, and SPARC/SPARC64; see NOTES */
       struct fd_pair {
           long fd[2];
       };
       struct fd_pair pipe();

       /* On all other architectures */
       int pipe(int pipefd[2]);

       #define _GNU_SOURCE             /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
       #include <fcntl.h>              /* Obtain O_* constant definitions */
       #include <unistd.h>

       int pipe2(int pipefd[2], int flags);

DESCRIPTION

       pipe()  creates  a  pipe,  a unidirectional data channel that can be used for interprocess
       communication.  The array pipefd is used to return two file descriptors referring  to  the
       ends  of the pipe.  pipefd[0] refers to the read end of the pipe.  pipefd[1] refers to the
       write end of the pipe.  Data written to the write end of  the  pipe  is  buffered  by  the
       kernel until it is read from the read end of the pipe.  For further details, see pipe(7).

       If  flags  is  0, then pipe2() is the same as pipe().  The following values can be bitwise
       ORed in flags to obtain different behavior:

       O_CLOEXEC
              Set the close-on-exec (FD_CLOEXEC) flag on the two new file descriptors.   See  the
              description of the same flag in open(2) for reasons why this may be useful.

       O_DIRECT (since Linux 3.4)
              Create  a  pipe  that  performs I/O in "packet" mode.  Each write(2) to the pipe is
              dealt with as a separate packet, and read(2)s from the pipe will read one packet at
              a time.  Note the following points:

              *  Writes  of greater than PIPE_BUF bytes (see pipe(7)) will be split into multiple
                 packets.  The constant PIPE_BUF is defined in <limits.h>.

              *  If a read(2) specifies a buffer size that is smaller than the next packet,  then
                 the  requested  number of bytes are read, and the excess bytes in the packet are
                 discarded.  Specifying a buffer size of PIPE_BUF will be sufficient to read  the
                 largest possible packets (see the previous point).

              *  Zero-length  packets are not supported.  (A read(2) that specifies a buffer size
                 of zero is a no-op, and returns 0.)

              Older kernels that do not support this flag will indicate this via an EINVAL error.

              Since Linux 4.5, it is possible to change the  O_DIRECT  setting  of  a  pipe  file
              descriptor using fcntl(2).

       O_NONBLOCK
              Set  the  O_NONBLOCK  file status flag on the open file descriptions referred to by
              the new file descriptors.  Using this flag saves extra calls to fcntl(2) to achieve
              the same result.

RETURN VALUE

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

       On Linux (and other systems), pipe() does not modify pipefd  on  failure.   A  requirement
       standardizing  this behavior was added in POSIX.1-2016.  The Linux-specific pipe2() system
       call likewise does not modify pipefd on failure.

ERRORS

       EFAULT pipefd is not valid.

       EINVAL (pipe2()) Invalid value in flags.

       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.

       ENFILE The user hard limit on memory that can be allocated for pipes has been reached  and
              the caller is not privileged; see pipe(7).

VERSIONS

       pipe2()  was  added  to  Linux in version 2.6.27; glibc support is available starting with
       version 2.9.

NOTES

       The SystemV ABI on some architectures allows  the  use  of  more  than  one  register  for
       returning  multiple values; several architectures (namely, Alpha, IA-64, MIPS, SuperH, and
       SPARC/SPARC64) (ab)use this feature in order to implement the  pipe()  system  call  in  a
       functional  manner:  the  call  doesn't  take  any  arguments  and  returns a pair of file
       descriptors  as  the  return  value  on  success.   The  glibc  pipe()  wrapper   function
       transparently  deals  with  this.  See syscall(2) for information regarding registers used
       for storing second file descriptor.

CONFORMING TO

       pipe(): POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       pipe2() is Linux-specific.

EXAMPLE

       The following program creates a pipe, and then fork(2)s to create  a  child  process;  the
       child inherits a duplicate set of file descriptors that refer to the same pipe.  After the
       fork(2), each process closes the file descriptors that it doesn't need for the  pipe  (see
       pipe(7)).   The  parent  then  writes  the  string contained in the program's command-line
       argument to the pipe, and the child reads this string a byte at a time from the  pipe  and
       echoes it on standard output.

   Program source
       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <sys/wait.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <string.h>

       int
       main(int argc, char *argv[])
       {
           int pipefd[2];
           pid_t cpid;
           char buf;

           if (argc != 2) {
               fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s <string>\n", argv[0]);
               exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
           }

           if (pipe(pipefd) == -1) {
               perror("pipe");
               exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
           }

           cpid = fork();
           if (cpid == -1) {
               perror("fork");
               exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
           }

           if (cpid == 0) {    /* Child reads from pipe */
               close(pipefd[1]);          /* Close unused write end */

               while (read(pipefd[0], &buf, 1) > 0)
                   write(STDOUT_FILENO, &buf, 1);

               write(STDOUT_FILENO, "\n", 1);
               close(pipefd[0]);
               _exit(EXIT_SUCCESS);

           } else {            /* Parent writes argv[1] to pipe */
               close(pipefd[0]);          /* Close unused read end */
               write(pipefd[1], argv[1], strlen(argv[1]));
               close(pipefd[1]);          /* Reader will see EOF */
               wait(NULL);                /* Wait for child */
               exit(EXIT_SUCCESS);
           }
       }

SEE ALSO

       fork(2),  read(2),  socketpair(2),  splice(2),  tee(2),  vmsplice(2),  write(2), popen(3),
       pipe(7)

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