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Control a device.

#include <sys/ioctl.h>

ioctl(int d, unsigned long request, ...);


The ioctl() system call manipulates the underlying device parameters of special files. In particular, many operating characteristics of character special files (e.g. terminals) may be controlled with ioctl() requests. The argument d must be an open file descriptor.

The third argument to ioctl() is traditionally named char *argp. Most uses of ioctl(), however, require the third argument to be a caddr_t or an int.

An ioctl() request has encoded in it whether the argument is an "in" argument or "out" argument, and the size of the argument argp in bytes. Macros and defines used in specifying an ioctl request are located in the file <sys/ioctl.h>.

Return Values

If an error has occurred, a value of -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.

The ioctl() system call fails if:

EBADF The d argument is not a valid descriptor.
ENOTTY The specified request does not apply to the kind of object that the descriptor d references.
EINVAL The request or argp argument is not valid.
EFAULT The argp argument points outside the process's allocated address space.


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