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NAME

       tty_ioctl - ioctls for terminals and serial lines

SYNOPSIS

       #include <termios.h>

       int ioctl(int fd, int cmd, ...);

DESCRIPTION

       The  ioctl(2) call for terminals and serial ports accepts many possible command arguments.
       Most require a third argument, of varying type, here called argp or arg.

       Use of ioctl makes for  nonportable  programs.   Use  the  POSIX  interface  described  in
       termios(3) whenever possible.

   Get and Set Terminal Attributes
       TCGETS    struct termios *argp
              Equivalent to tcgetattr(fd, argp).
              Get the current serial port settings.

       TCSETS    const struct termios *argp
              Equivalent to tcsetattr(fd, TCSANOW, argp).
              Set the current serial port settings.

       TCSETSW   const struct termios *argp
              Equivalent to tcsetattr(fd, TCSADRAIN, argp).
              Allow the output buffer to drain, and set the current serial port settings.

       TCSETSF   const struct termios *argp
              Equivalent to tcsetattr(fd, TCSAFLUSH, argp).
              Allow the output buffer to drain, discard pending input, and set the current serial
              port settings.

       The following four ioctls are just like TCGETS, TCSETS, TCSETSW, TCSETSF, except that they
       take a struct termio * instead of a struct termios *.

       TCGETA    struct termio *argp

       TCSETA    const struct termio *argp

       TCSETAW   const struct termio *argp

       TCSETAF   const struct termio *argp

   Locking the termios structure
       The  termios  structure  of  a  terminal  can  be  locked.   The  lock is itself a termios
       structure, with nonzero bits or fields indicating a locked value.

       TIOCGLCKTRMIOS struct termios *argp
              Gets the locking status of the termios structure of the terminal.

       TIOCSLCKTRMIOS const struct termios *argp
              Sets the locking status of the termios structure of the terminal.  Only root  (more
              precisely: a process with the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability) can do this.

   Get and Set Window Size
       Window  sizes  are  kept  in the kernel, but not used by the kernel (except in the case of
       virtual consoles, where the kernel will update the  window  size  when  the  size  of  the
       virtual console changes, for example, by loading a new font).

       The following constants and structure are defined in <sys/ioctl.h>.

       TIOCGWINSZ     struct winsize *argp
              Get window size.

       TIOCSWINSZ     const struct winsize *argp
              Set window size.

       The struct used by these ioctls is defined as

           struct winsize {
               unsigned short ws_row;
               unsigned short ws_col;
               unsigned short ws_xpixel;   /* unused */
               unsigned short ws_ypixel;   /* unused */
           };

       When the window size changes, a SIGWINCH signal is sent to the foreground process group.

   Sending a Break
       TCSBRK    int arg
              Equivalent to tcsendbreak(fd, arg).
              If  the  terminal  is using asynchronous serial data transmission, and arg is zero,
              then send a break (a stream of zero bits) for between 0.25 and 0.5 seconds.  If the
              terminal is not using asynchronous serial data transmission, then either a break is
              sent, or the function returns without doing anything.  When arg is nonzero,  nobody
              knows what will happen.

              (SVr4,  UnixWare,  Solaris,  Linux  treat tcsendbreak(fd,arg) with nonzero arg like
              tcdrain(fd).  SunOS treats arg as a multiplier, and sends  a  stream  of  bits  arg
              times  as  long  as done for zero arg.  DG/UX and AIX treat arg (when nonzero) as a
              time interval measured in milliseconds.  HP-UX ignores arg.)

       TCSBRKP   int arg
              So-called "POSIX version" of TCSBRK.  It  treats  nonzero  arg  as  a  timeinterval
              measured in deciseconds, and does nothing when the driver does not support breaks.

       TIOCSBRK  void
              Turn break on, that is, start sending zero bits.

       TIOCCBRK  void
              Turn break off, that is, stop sending zero bits.

   Software flow control
       TCXONC    int arg
              Equivalent to tcflow(fd, arg).
              See tcflow(3) for the argument values TCOOFF, TCOON, TCIOFF, TCION.

   Buffer count and flushing
       FIONREAD  int *argp
              Get the number of bytes in the input buffer.

       TIOCINQ   int *argp
              Same as FIONREAD.

       TIOCOUTQ  int *argp
              Get the number of bytes in the output buffer.

       TCFLSH    int arg
              Equivalent to tcflush(fd, arg).
              See tcflush(3) for the argument values TCIFLUSH, TCOFLUSH, TCIOFLUSH.

   Faking input
       TIOCSTI   const char *argp
              Insert the given byte in the input queue.

   Redirecting console output
       TIOCCONS  void
              Redirect  output  that  would  have  gone to /dev/console or /dev/tty0 to the given
              terminal.  If that was a pseudoterminal master, send it to  the  slave.   In  Linux
              before version 2.6.10, anybody can do this as long as the output was not redirected
              yet; since version 2.6.10, only root (a process with the CAP_SYS_ADMIN  capability)
              may  do  this.  If output was redirected already EBUSY is returned, but redirection
              can be stopped by using this ioctl with fd pointing at /dev/console or /dev/tty0.

   Controlling terminal
       TIOCSCTTY int arg
              Make the given terminal the controlling  terminal  of  the  calling  process.   The
              calling  process  must  be  a  session  leader  and not have a controlling terminal
              already.  If this terminal is already  the  controlling  terminal  of  a  different
              session  group  then  the  ioctl  fails with EPERM, unless the caller is root (more
              precisely: has the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability) and arg equals 1, in  which  case  the
              terminal is stolen, and all processes that had it as controlling terminal lose it.

       TIOCNOTTY void
              If  the given terminal was the controlling terminal of the calling process, give up
              this controlling terminal.  If the process was session leader, then send SIGHUP and
              SIGCONT  to  the  foreground process group and all processes in the current session
              lose their controlling terminal.

   Process group and session ID
       TIOCGPGRP pid_t *argp
              When successful, equivalent to *argp = tcgetpgrp(fd).
              Get the process group ID of the foreground process group on this terminal.

       TIOCSPGRP const pid_t *argp
              Equivalent to tcsetpgrp(fd, *argp).
              Set the foreground process group ID of this terminal.

       TIOCGSID  pid_t *argp
              Get the session ID of the given terminal.  This will fail with ENOTTY in  case  the
              terminal is not a master pseudoterminal and not our controlling terminal.  Strange.

   Exclusive mode
       TIOCEXCL  void
              Put  the  terminal  into  exclusive  mode.   No  further  open(2) operations on the
              terminal are permitted.  (They will fail with EBUSY, except for root,  that  is,  a
              process with the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.)

       TIOCNXCL  void
              Disable exclusive mode.

   Line discipline
       TIOCGETD  int *argp
              Get the line discipline of the terminal.

       TIOCSETD  const int *argp
              Set the line discipline of the terminal.

   Psuedoterminal ioctls
       TIOCPKT   const int *argp
              Enable  (when  *argp  is  nonzero)  or  disable packet mode.  Can be applied to the
              master side of a pseudoterminal only (and will return ENOTTY otherwise).  In packet
              mode,  each  subsequent  read(2) will return a packet that either contains a single
              nonzero control byte, or has a single byte containing zero (' ') followed  by  data
              written  on  the  slave  side  of  the  pseudoterminal.   If  the first byte is not
              TIOCPKT_DATA (0), it is an OR of one or more of the following bits:

              TIOCPKT_FLUSHREAD   The read queue for the terminal is flushed.
              TIOCPKT_FLUSHWRITE  The write queue for the terminal is flushed.
              TIOCPKT_STOP        Output to the terminal is stopped.
              TIOCPKT_START       Output to the terminal is restarted.
              TIOCPKT_DOSTOP      The start and stop characters are ^S/^Q.
              TIOCPKT_NOSTOP      The start and stop characters are not ^S/^Q.

              While this mode is in use, the presence of control status information  to  be  read
              from the master side may be detected by a select(2) for exceptional conditions.

              This mode is used by rlogin(1) and rlogind(8) to implement a remote-echoed, locally
              ^S/^Q flow-controlled remote login.

              The BSD ioctls TIOCSTOP, TIOCSTART, TIOCUCNTL, TIOCREMOTE have not been implemented
              under Linux.

   Modem control
       TIOCMGET  int *argp
              get the status of modem bits.

       TIOCMSET  const int *argp
              set the status of modem bits.

       TIOCMBIC  const int *argp
              clear the indicated modem bits.

       TIOCMBIS  const int *argp
              set the indicated modem bits.

       Bits used by these four ioctls:

       TIOCM_LE        DSR (data set ready/line enable)
       TIOCM_DTR       DTR (data terminal ready)
       TIOCM_RTS       RTS (request to send)
       TIOCM_ST        Secondary TXD (transmit)
       TIOCM_SR        Secondary RXD (receive)
       TIOCM_CTS       CTS (clear to send)
       TIOCM_CAR       DCD (data carrier detect)
       TIOCM_CD         see TIOCM_CAR
       TIOCM_RNG       RNG (ring)
       TIOCM_RI         see TIOCM_RNG
       TIOCM_DSR       DSR (data set ready)

   Marking a line as local
       TIOCGSOFTCAR   int *argp
              ("Get  software  carrier  flag")  Get  the status of the CLOCAL flag in the c_cflag
              field of the termios structure.

       TIOCSSOFTCAR   const int *argp
              ("Set software carrier flag") Set the CLOCAL flag in  the  termios  structure  when
              *argp is nonzero, and clear it otherwise.

       If  the  CLOCAL  flag  for  a  line  is  off,  the hardware carrier detect (DCD) signal is
       significant, and an open(2)  of  the  corresponding  terminal  will  block  until  DCD  is
       asserted,  unless  the O_NONBLOCK flag is given.  If CLOCAL is set, the line behaves as if
       DCD is always asserted.  The software carrier flag is usually turned on for local devices,
       and is off for lines with modems.

   Linux-specific
       For the TIOCLINUX ioctl, see console_ioctl(4).

   Kernel debugging
       #include <linux/tty.h>

       TIOCTTYGSTRUCT struct tty_struct *argp
              Get the tty_struct corresponding to fd.

RETURN VALUE

       The  ioctl(2)  system  call  returns  0 on success.  On error it returns -1 and sets errno
       appropriately.

ERRORS

       EINVAL Invalid command parameter.

       ENOIOCTLCMD
              Unknown command.

       ENOTTY Inappropriate fd.

       EPERM  Insufficient permission.

EXAMPLE

       Check the condition of DTR on the serial port.

       #include <termios.h>
       #include <fcntl.h>
       #include <sys/ioctl.h>

       int
       main(void)
       {
           int fd, serial;

           fd = open("/dev/ttyS0", O_RDONLY);
           ioctl(fd, TIOCMGET, &serial);
           if (serial & TIOCM_DTR)
               puts("TIOCM_DTR is not set");
           else
               puts("TIOCM_DTR is set");
           close(fd);
       }

SEE ALSO

       ioctl(2), termios(3), console_ioctl(4), pty(7)

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