dup


SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>

       int dup(int oldfd);
       int dup2(int oldfd, int newfd);

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <unistd.h>

       int dup3(int oldfd, int newfd, int flags);

DESCRIPTION
       These system calls create a copy of the file descriptor oldfd.

       dup()  uses  the lowest-numbered unused descriptor for the new descrip-
       tor.

       dup2() makes newfd be the copy of oldfd, closing newfd first if  neces-
       sary, but note the following:

       *  If  oldfd  is  not a valid file descriptor, then the call fails, and
          newfd is not closed.

       *  If oldfd is a valid file descriptor, and newfd has the same value as
          oldfd, then dup2() does nothing, and returns newfd.

       After  a  successful return from one of these system calls, the old and
       new file descriptors may be used interchangeably.  They  refer  to  the
       same open file description (see open(2)) and thus share file offset and
       file status flags; for example, if the file offset is modified by using
       lseek(2)  on one of the descriptors, the offset is also changed for the
       other.

       The two descriptors do not share file descriptor flags  (the  close-on-
       exec  flag).  The close-on-exec flag (FD_CLOEXEC; see fcntl(2)) for the
       duplicate descriptor is off.

       dup3() is the same as dup2(), except that:

       *  The caller can force the close-on-exec flag to be set  for  the  new
          file  descriptor by specifying O_CLOEXEC in flags.  See the descrip-
          tion of the same flag in open(2) for reasons why this may be useful.

       *  If oldfd equals newfd, then dup3() fails with the error EINVAL.

RETURN VALUE
       On success, these system calls return the new descriptor.  On error, -1
       is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS
       EBADF  oldfd  isn't  an  open  file  descriptor, or newfd is out of the
              allowed range for file descriptors.

VERSIONS
       dup3() was added to Linux in version 2.6.27; glibc support is available
       starting with version 2.9.

CONFORMING TO
       dup(), dup2(): SVr4, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.

       dup3() is Linux-specific.

NOTES
       The  error  returned  by  dup2()  is  different  from  that returned by
       fcntl(..., F_DUPFD, ...)  when newfd is out of range.  On some  systems
       dup2() also sometimes returns EINVAL like F_DUPFD.

       If newfd was open, any errors that would have been reported at close(2)
       time are lost.  A careful programmer will  not  use  dup2()  or  dup3()
       without closing newfd first.

SEE ALSO
       close(2), fcntl(2), open(2)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.23 of the Linux man-pages project.  A
       description of the project, and information about reporting  bugs,  can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.



Linux                             2008-10-09                            DUP(2)
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