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tcflow(3C)

Name

tcflow - suspend or restart the transmission or reception of data

Synopsis

#include <termios.h>

int tcflow(int fildes, int action);

Description

The tcflow() function suspends transmission or reception of data on the object referred to by fildes, depending on the value of action. The fildes argument is an open file descriptor associated with a terminal.

  • If action is TCOOFF, output is suspended.

  • If action is TCOON, suspended output is restarted.

  • If action is TCIOFF, the system transmits a STOP character, which is intended to cause the terminal device to stop transmitting data to the system.

  • If action is TCION, the system transmits a START character, which is intended to cause the terminal device to start transmitting data to the system.

The default on the opening of a terminal file is that neither its input nor its output are suspended.

Attempts to use tcflow() from a process which is a member of a background process group on a fildes associated with its controlling terminal, will cause the process group to be sent a SIGTTOU signal. If the calling process is blocking or ignoring SIGTTOU signals, the process is allowed to perform the operation, and no signal is sent.

Return Values

Upon successful completion, 0 is returned. Otherwise, −1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.

Errors

The tcflow() function will fail if:

EBADF

The fildes argument is not a valid file descriptor.

EINVAL

The action argument is not a supported value.

ENOTTY

The file associated with fildes is not a terminal.

The tcflow() function may fail if:

EIO

The process group of the writing process is orphaned, and the writing process is not ignoring or blocking SIGTTOU.

Attributes

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Interface Stability
Committed
MT-Level
MT-Safe, and Async-Signal-Safe
Standard

See Also

tcsendbreak(3C), attributes(5), standards(5), termio(7I)