The open routine of the ldterm(7M) module allocates space for holding the TTY structure (see ldtermstd_state_t in ldterm.h) by allocating a buffer from the STREAMS buffer pool. The number of modules that can be pushed on one stream, as well as the number of TTYs in use, is limited. The number of instances of ldterm that have been pushed is limited only by available memory. The open also sends an M_SETOPTS message upstream to set the stream head high-water and low-water marks to 1024 and 200, respectively. These are the current values.
The ldterm module identifies itself as a TTY to the stream head by sending an M_SETOPTS message upstream with the SO_ISTTY bit of so_flags set. The stream head allocates the controlling TTY on the open, if one is not already allocated.
To maintain compatibility with existing applications that use the O_NDELAY flag, the open routine sets the SO_NDELON flag on in the so_flags field of the stroptions(9S) structure in the M_SETOPTS message.
The open routine fails if there are no buffers available (so it cannot allocate the internal state structure) or when an interrupt occurs while waiting for a buffer to become available.
The close routine frees all the outstanding buffers allocated by this stream. It also sends an M_SETOPTS message to the stream head to undo the changes made by the open routine. The ldterm(7M) module also sends M_START messages downstream to undo the effect of any previous M_STOP messages.