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IOCTL(2)										 IOCTL(2)

NAME
       ioctl - control device

SYNOPSIS
       #include <sys/ioctl.h>

       ioctl(d, request, argp)
       int d;
       unsigned long request;
       char *argp;

DESCRIPTION
       Ioctl  performs a variety of functions on open descriptors.  In particular, many operating
       characteristics of character special files (e.g. terminals) may be controlled  with  ioctl
       requests.  The writeups of various devices in section 4 discuss how ioctl applies to them.

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

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

ERRORS
       Ioctl will fail if one or more of the following are true:

       [EBADF]	      D is not a valid descriptor.

       [ENOTTY]       D is not associated with a character special device.

       [ENOTTY]       The specified request does not  apply  to  the  kind  of	object	that  the
		      descriptor d references.

       [EINVAL]       Request or argp is not valid.

SEE ALSO
       execve(2), fcntl(2), mt(4), tty(4), intro(4N)

4th Berkeley Distribution		  March 4, 1986 				 IOCTL(2)
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