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NAME

       posix_openpt - open a pseudoterminal device

SYNOPSIS

       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <fcntl.h>

       int posix_openpt(int flags);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       posix_openpt(): _XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600

DESCRIPTION

       The posix_openpt() function opens an unused pseudoterminal master device, returning a file
       descriptor that can be used to refer to that device.

       The flags argument is a bit mask that ORs together zero or more of the following flags:

       O_RDWR Open the device for both reading and writing.  It is usual to specify this flag.

       O_NOCTTY
              Do not make this device the controlling terminal for the process.

RETURN VALUE

       On success, posix_openpt() returns a nonnegative  file  descriptor  which  is  the  lowest
       numbered unused file descriptor.  On failure, -1 is returned, and errno is set to indicate
       the error.

ERRORS

       See open(2).

VERSIONS

       Glibc support for posix_openpt() has been provided since version 2.2.1.

ATTRIBUTES

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

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

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

       posix_openpt() is part of the UNIX 98 pseudoterminal support (see pts(4)).

NOTES

       Some older UNIX implementations that support System V (aka UNIX 98) pseudoterminals  don't
       have this function, but it is easy to implement:

           int
           posix_openpt(int flags)
           {
               return open("/dev/ptmx", flags);
           }

       Calling  posix_openpt()  creates  a  pathname  for  the corresponding pseudoterminal slave
       device.  The pathname of the slave device can be obtained  using  ptsname(3).   The  slave
       device pathname exists only as long as the master device is open.

SEE ALSO

       open(2), getpt(3), grantpt(3), ptsname(3), unlockpt(3), pts(4), pty(7)

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                                            2017-09-15                            POSIX_OPENPT(3)