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|man pages section 3: Curses Library Functions Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 Information Library|
- check for type-ahead characters
cc [ flag... ] file... -I /usr/xpg4/include -L /usr/xpg4/lib \ -R /usr/xpg4/lib -lcurses [ library... ] c89 [ flag... ] file... -lcurses [ library... ] #include <curses.h> int typeahead(int fd);
Is the file descriptor that is used to check for type-ahead characters.
The typeahead() function specifies the file descriptor (fd) to use to check for type-ahead characters (characters typed by the user but not yet processed by X/Open Curses).
X/Open Curses checks for type-ahead characters periodically while updating the screen. If characters are found, the current update is postponed until the next refresh(3XCURSES) or doupdate(3XCURSES). This speeds up response to commands that have been typed ahead. Normally, the input file pointer passed to newterm(3XCURSES), or stdin in the case of initscr(3XCURSES), is used for type-ahead checking.
If fd is -1, no type-ahead checking is done.
On success, the typeahead() function returns OK. Otherwise, it returns ERR.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: