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NAME

     posix_openpt -- open a pseudo-terminal device

LIBRARY

     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS

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

     int
     posix_openpt(int oflag);

DESCRIPTION

     The posix_openpt() function allocates a new pseudo-terminal and
     establishes a connection with its master device.  A slave device shall be
     created in /dev/pts.  After the pseudo-terminal has been allocated, the
     slave device should have the proper permissions before it can be used
     (see grantpt(3)).  The name of the slave device can be determined by
     calling ptsname(3).

     The file status flags and file access modes of the open file description
     shall be set according to the value of oflag.  Values for oflag are
     constructed by a bitwise-inclusive OR of flags from the following list,
     defined in <fcntl.h>:

     O_RDWR    Open for reading and writing.

     O_NOCTTY  If set posix_openpt() shall not cause the terminal device to
               become the controlling terminal for the process.

     The posix_openpt() function shall fail when oflag contains other values.

RETURN VALUES

     Upon successful completion, the posix_openpt() function shall allocate a
     new pseudo-terminal device and return a non-negative integer representing
     a file descriptor, which is connected to its master device.  Otherwise,
     -1 shall be returned and errno set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

     The posix_openpt() function shall fail if:

     [ENFILE]           The system file table is full.

     [EINVAL]           The value of oflag is not valid.

     [EAGAIN]           Out of pseudo-terminal resources.

SEE ALSO

     pts(4), ptsname(3), tty(4)

STANDARDS

     The posix_openpt() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-2001
     (``POSIX.1'').

HISTORY

     The posix_openpt() function appeared in FreeBSD 5.0.  In FreeBSD 8.0,
     this function was changed to a system call.

NOTES

     The flag O_NOCTTY is included for compatibility; in FreeBSD, opening a
     terminal does not cause it to become a process's controlling terminal.

AUTHORS

     Ed Schouten <ed@FreeBSD.org>