openpty


SYNOPSIS
       #include <pty.h>

       int openpty(int *amaster, int *aslave, char *name,
                   const struct termios *termp,
                   const struct winsize *winp);

       pid_t forkpty(int *amaster, char *name,
                     const struct termios *termp,
                     const struct winsize *winp);

       #include <utmp.h>

       int login_tty(int fd);

       Link with -lutil.

DESCRIPTION
       The  openpty()  function  finds an available pseudoterminal and returns
       file descriptors for the master and slave in amaster  and  aslave.   If
       name  is  not  NULL, the filename of the slave is returned in name.  If
       termp is not NULL, the terminal parameters of the slave will be set  to
       the values in termp.  If winp is not NULL, the window size of the slave
       will be set to the values in winp.

       The login_tty() function prepares for a login on the tty fd (which  may
       be  a  real tty device, or the slave of a pseudoterminal as returned by
       openpty()) by creating a new session, making fd the controlling  termi-
       nal  for the calling process, setting fd to be the standard input, out-
       put, and error streams of the current process, and closing fd.

       The forkpty() function combines openpty(), fork(2), and login_tty()  to
       create  a new process operating in a pseudoterminal.  The file descrip-
       tor of the master side of the pseudoterminal is  returned  in  amaster,
       and the filename of the slave in name if it is not NULL.  The termp and
       winp arguments, if not NULL, will determine the terminal attributes and
       window size of the slave side of the pseudoterminal.

RETURN VALUE
       If a call to openpty(), login_tty(), or forkpty() is not successful, -1
       is returned and  errno  is  set  to  indicate  the  error.   Otherwise,
       openpty(),  login_tty(),  and  the child process of forkpty() return 0,
       and the parent process of forkpty() returns the process ID of the child
       process.

ERRORS
       openpty() will fail if:

       ENOENT There are no available ttys.

       login_tty()  will  fail  if ioctl(2) fails to set fd to the controlling
       terminal of the calling process.

       open a UNIX 98 pseudoterminal pair, and falls back  to  opening  a  BSD
       pseudoterminal pair if that fails.

BUGS
       Nobody  knows  how much space should be reserved for name.  So, calling
       openpty() or forkpty() with non-NULL name may not be secure.

SEE ALSO
       fork(2), ttyname(3), pty(7)

COLOPHON
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