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stdio(3C)							     stdio(3C)

NAME
       stdio - standard	buffered input/output package

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<stdio.h>

       extern FILE *stdin;

       extern FILE *stdout;

       extern FILE *stderr;

       The  standard I/O functions described in	section	3C of this manual con-
       stitute an efficient, user-level	 I/O  buffering	 scheme.  The  in-line
       macros	getc()	and  putc()  handle  characters	 quickly.  The	macros
       getchar(3C) and putchar(3C), and	the higher-level  routines  fgetc(3C),
       fgets(3C),  fprintf(3C),	 fputc(3C),  fputs(3C),	fread(3C), fscanf(3C),
       fwrite(3C), gets(3C), getw(3C),	printf(3C),  puts(3C),	putw(3C),  and
       scanf(3C)  all use or act as if they use	getc() and putc(); they	can be
       freely intermixed.

       A file with associated buffering	is called a stream (see	intro(3))  and
       is  declared  to	 be  a	pointer	to a defined type FILE.	 The fopen(3C)
       function	creates	certain	descriptive data for a stream  and  returns  a
       pointer	to designate the stream	in all further transactions. Normally,
       there are three open streams with constant  pointers  declared  in  the
       <stdio.h> header	and associated with the	standard open files:

       stdin	       standard	input file

       stdout	       standard	output file

       stderr	       standard	error file

       The following symbolic values in	<unistd.h> define the file descriptors
       that will be associated with the	C-language stdin,  stdout  and	stderr
       when the	application is started:

       STDIN_FILENO	Standard input value	0     stdin
       STDOUT_FILENO	Standard output	value	1     stdout
       STDERR_FILENO	Standard error value	2     stderr

       The constant NULL designates a null pointer.

       The  integer-constant EOF is returned upon end-of-file or error by most
       integer functions that deal with	streams	(see the  individual  descrip-
       tions for details).

       The  integer  constant BUFSIZ specifies the size	of the buffers used by
       the particular implementation.

       The integer constant FILENAME_MAX specifies the number of bytes	needed
       to  hold	 the longest pathname of a file	allowed	by the implementation.
       If the system does not impose a maximum limit, this value is the	recom-
       mended size for a buffer	intended to hold a file's pathname.

       The  integer  constant  FOPEN_MAX specifies the minimum number of files
       that the	implementation guarantees can  be  open	 simultaneously.  Note
       that  no	more than 255 files may	be opened using	fopen(), and only file
       descriptors 0 through 255 can be	used in	a stream.

       The functions and constants mentioned in	the entries of section	3S  of
       this  manual  are  declared in that header and need no further declara-
       tion. The constants and the following "functions"  are  implemented  as
       macros  (redeclaration  of these	names is perilous): getc(), getchar(),
       putc(), putchar(), ferror(3C), feof(3C),	clearerr(3C), and  fileno(3C).
       There   are  also  function  versions  of  getc(),  getchar(),  putc(),
       putchar(), ferror(), feof(), clearerr(),	and fileno().

       Output streams, with the	exception of the standard error	stream stderr,
       are  by	default	 buffered  if  the  output  refers to a	file and line-
       buffered	if the output refers to	a terminal. The	standard error	output
       stream  stderr  is  by  default	unbuffered,  but use of	freopen() (see
       fopen(3C)) will cause it	to become buffered or line-buffered.  When  an
       output  stream  is unbuffered, information is queued for	writing	on the
       destination file	or terminal as soon as written;	when it	 is  buffered,
       many  characters	 are saved up and written as a block. When it is line-
       buffered, each line of output is	queued for writing on the  destination
       terminal	 as  soon as the line is completed (that is, as	soon as	a new-
       line character is written or terminal input is requested).
	The setbuf() or	setvbuf() functions (both described on the  setbuf(3C)
       manual page) may	be used	to change the stream's buffering strategy.

   Interactions	of Other FILE-Type C Functions
       A single	open file description can be accessed both through streams and
       through file descriptors.  Either a file	descriptor or a	stream will be
       called  a  handle  on  the open file description	to which it refers; an
       open file description may have several handles.

       Handles can be created or destroyed by user  action  without  affecting
       the  underlying open file description.  Some of the ways	to create them
       include fcntl(2), dup(2), fdopen(3C), fileno(3C)	and fork(2) (which du-
       plicates	existing ones into new processes). They	can be destroyed by at
       least  fclose(3C)  and  close(2),  and  by  the	 exec  functions  (see
       exec(2)), which close some file descriptors and destroy streams.

       A  file	descriptor that	is never used in an operation and could	affect
       the file	offset (for example read(2), write(2),	or  lseek(2))  is  not
       considered  a handle in this discussion,	but could give rise to one (as
       a consequence of	 fdopen(), dup(), or fork(), for example). This	excep-
       tion does include the file descriptor underlying	a stream, whether cre-
       ated with  fopen() or fdopen(), as long as it is	not used  directly  by
       the  application	 to  affect  the file offset.  (The read() and write()
       functions implicitly affect the file offset;   lseek()  explicitly  af-
       fects it.)

       If two or more handles are used,	and any	one of them is a stream, their
       actions shall be	coordinated as described below.	 If this is not	 done,
       the result is undefined.

       A  handle  that	is  a stream is	considered to be closed	when either an
       fclose()	or freopen(3C) is executed on it (the result of	 freopen()  is
       a  new stream for this discussion, which	cannot be a handle on the same
       open file description as	its previous value) or when the	process	owning
       that  stream  terminates	the exit(2) or abort(3C). A file descriptor is
       closed by close(), _exit() (see exit(2)), or by one of the  exec	 func-
       tions when FD_CLOEXEC is	set on that file descriptor.

       For  a  handle  to  become the active handle, the actions below must be
       performed between the last other	user of	the first handle (the  current
       active  handle)	and the	first other user of the	second handle (the fu-
       ture active handle). The	second handle then becomes the active  handle.
       All  activity by	the application	affecting the file offset on the first
       handle shall be suspended until it again	becomes	the active handle. (If
       a  stream  function has as an underlying	function that affects the file
       offset, the stream function will	be considered to affect	the file  off-
       set.  The underlying functions are described below.)

       The  handles  need not be in the	same process for these rules to	apply.
       Note that after a fork(), two handles exist where one  existed  before.
       The  application	 shall	assure	that, if both handles will ever	be ac-
       cessed, that they will both be in a state where the other could	become
       the active handle first.	The application	shall prepare for a fork() ex-
       actly as	if it were a change of active handle.	(If  the  only	action
       performed  by  one  of  the  processes  is one of the exec functions or
       _exit(),	the handle is never accessed in	that process.)

       1.  For the first handle, the first applicable  condition  below	 shall
	   apply.  After  the actions required below are taken,	the handle may
	   be closed if	it is still open.

	       a.  If it is a file descriptor, no action is required.

	       b.  If the only further action to be performed on any handle to
		   this	 open  file description	is to close it,	no action need
		   be taken.

	       c.  If it is a stream that is unbuffered,  no  action  need  be
		   taken.

	       d.  If  it is a stream that is line-buffered and	the last char-
		   acter written to the	stream was a newline (that is, as if a
		   putc('\n')  was  the	most recent operation on that stream),
		   no action need be taken.

	       e.  If it is a stream that is open for writing or  append  (but
		   not	also open for reading),	either an fflush(3C) shall oc-
		   cur or the stream shall be closed.

	       f.  If the stream is open for reading and it is at the  end  of
		   the file ( feof(3C) is true), no action need	be taken.

	       g.  If  the  stream is open with	a mode that allows reading and
		   the underlying open file description	 refers	 to  a	device
		   that	 is capable of seeking,	either an fflush() shall occur
		   or the stream shall be closed.

	       h.  Otherwise, the result is undefined.

       2.  For the second handle: if any previous active handle	has  called  a
	   function  that  explicitly  changed	the file offset, except	as re-
	   quired above	for the	first handle, the application shall perform an
	   lseek()  or an fseek(3C) (as	appropriate to the type	of the handle)
	   to an appropriate location.

       3.  If the active handle	ceases to be accessible	 before	 the  require-
	   ments  on  the  first  handle above have been met, the state	of the
	   open	file description becomes undefined.  This might	occur, for ex-
	   ample, during a  fork() or an _exit().

       4.  The	exec  functions	 shall	be considered to make inaccessible all
	   streams that	are open at the	time they are called,  independent  of
	   what	 streams  or  file  descriptors	 may  be  available to the new
	   process image.

       5.  Implementation shall	assure that an application, even one  consist-
	   ing	of  several processes, shall yield correct results (no data is
	   lost	or duplicated when writing, all	data is	written	in order,  ex-
	   cept	 as requested by seeks)	when the rules above are followed, re-
	   gardless of the sequence of handles used.  If the rules  above  are
	   not	followed, the result is	unspecified. When these	rules are fol-
	   lowed, it is	implementation defined whether,	and under what	condi-
	   tions, all input is seen exactly once.

   Use of stdio	in Multithreaded Applications
       All the stdio functions are safe	unless they have the _unlocked suffix.
       Each FILE pointer has its own lock to guarantee that  only  one	thread
       can  access  it.	 In the	case that output needs to be synchronized, the
       lock for	the FILE pointer can be	acquired before	performing a series of
       stdio operations.  For example:

       FILE iop;
       flockfile(iop);
       fprintf(iop, "hello ");
       fprintf(iop, "world);
       fputc(iop, 'a');
       funlockfile(iop);

       will  print  everything out together, blocking other threads that might
       want to write to	the same file between calls to fprintf().

       An unlocked interface is	available in case performace is	an issue.  For
       example:

       flockfile(iop);
       while (!feof(iop)) {
	       *c++ = getc_unlocked(iop);
       }
       funlockfile(iop);

       Invalid	stream pointers	usually	cause grave disorder, possibly includ-
       ing program termination.	Individual function descriptions describe  the
       possible	error conditions.

       close(2),  lseek(2),  open(2), pipe(2), read(2),	write(2), ctermid(3C),
       cuserid(3C), fclose(3C),	ferror(3C), fopen(3C),	fread(3C),  fseek(3C),
       flockfile(3C),  getc(3C),  gets(3C),  popen(3C),	 printf(3C), putc(3C),
       puts(3C), scanf(3C), setbuf(3C),	system(3C),  tmpfile(3C),  tmpnam(3C),
       ungetc(3C)

				  18 May 2005			     stdio(3C)

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