grantpt(3C) changes the mode and the ownership of the slave device that is associated with the given master device. Given a file descriptor fd, grantpt(3C) first checks that the file descriptor is that of the master device. If so, it obtains the name of the associated slave device and sets the user ID to that of the user running the process and the group ID to TTY. The mode of the slave device is set to 0620.
If the process is already running as root, the permission of the slave can be changed directly without invoking this function. grantpt(3C) returns 0 on success and -1 on failure. It fails if one or more of the following occurs: fd is not an open file descriptor, fd is not associated with a master device, the corresponding slave could not be accessed, or a system call failed because no more processes could be created.