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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for ioctl (opensolaris section 2)

ioctl(2)				   System Calls 				 ioctl(2)

       ioctl - control device

       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <stropts.h>

       int ioctl(int fildes, int request, /* arg */ ...);

       The  ioctl()  function performs a variety of control functions on devices and STREAMS. For
       non-STREAMS files, the functions performed by this call are  device-specific control func-
       tions.	The  request argument and an optional third argument with varying type are passed
       to the file designated by fildes and are interpreted by the device driver.

       For STREAMS files, specific functions are performed by the ioctl() function  as	described
       in streamio(7I).

       The fildes argument is an open file descriptor that refers to a device.	The request argu-
       ment selects the control function  to  be  performed  and  depends  on  the  device  being
       addressed.   The  arg argument represents a third argument that has additional information
       that is needed by this specific device to perform the requested function. The data type of
       arg depends upon the particular control request, but it is either an int or a pointer to a
       device-specific data structure.

       In addition to device-specific and STREAMS functions, generic functions	are  provided  by
       more  than  one	device	driver	(for  example,	the  general  terminal	interface.)   See

       Upon successful completion, the value returned depends upon the device  control	function,
       but  must  be a non-negative integer.  Otherwise, -1 is returned and errno is set to indi-
       cate the error.

       The ioctl() function will fail for any type of file if:

       EBADF	 The fildes argument is not a valid open file descriptor.

       EINTR	 A signal was caught during the execution of the ioctl() function.

       EINVAL	 The STREAM or multiplexer referenced by fildes  is  linked  (directly	or  indi-
		 rectly) downstream from a multiplexer.

       The  ioctl() function will also fail if the device driver detects an error.  In this case,
       the error is passed through ioctl() without change to  the  caller.  A  particular  driver
       might  not have all of the following error cases. Under the following conditions, requests
       to device drivers may fail and set errno to indicate the error

       EFAULT	  The request argument requires a data transfer to or from a buffer pointed to by
		  arg, but arg points to an illegal address.

       EINVAL	  The request or arg argument is not valid for this device.

       EIO	  Some physical I/O error has occurred.

       ENOLINK	  The  fildes  argument is on a remote machine and the link to that machine is no
		  longer active.

       ENOTTY	  The fildes argument is not associated with a STREAMS device that  accepts  con-
		  trol functions.

       ENXIO	  The request and arg arguments are valid for this device driver, but the service
		  requested can not be performed on this particular subdevice.

       ENODEV	  The fildes argument refers to a valid STREAMS  device,  but  the  corresponding
		  device driver does not support the ioctl() function.

       STREAMS errors are described in streamio(7I).

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

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Interface Stability	     |Standard			   |

       attributes(5), standards(5), streamio(7I), termio(7I)

SunOS 5.11				   15 Feb 1996					 ioctl(2)

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