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Unix Version 7 - man page for tty (v7 section 4)

TTY(4)				     Kernel Interfaces Manual				   TTY(4)

       tty - general terminal interface

       This  section describes both a particular special file, and the general nature of the ter-
       minal interface.

       The file /dev/tty is, in each process, a synonym for the control terminal associated  with
       that  process.	It is useful for programs that wish to be sure of writing messages on the
       terminal no matter how output has been redirected.  It can also be used for programs  that
       demand a file name for output, when typed output is desired and it is tiresome to find out
       which terminal is currently in use.

       As for terminals in general: all of the low-speed asynchronous  communications  ports  use
       the  same  general  interface, no matter what hardware is involved.  The remainder of this
       section discusses the common features of the interface.

       When a terminal file is opened, it causes the process to wait until a connection is estab-
       lished.	 In practice user's programs seldom open these files; they are opened by init and
       become a user's input and output file.  The very first terminal file  open  in  a  process
       becomes	the control terminal for that process.	The control terminal plays a special role
       in handling quit or interrupt signals, as discussed below.  The control terminal is inher-
       ited by a child process during a fork, even if the control terminal is closed.  The set of
       processes that thus share a control terminal is called a process group; all members  of	a
       process group receive certain signals together, see DEL below and kill(2).

       A  terminal  associated	with  one of these files ordinarily operates in full-duplex mode.
       Characters may be typed at any time, even while output is occurring,  and  are  only  lost
       when the system's character input buffers become completely choked, which is rare, or when
       the user has accumulated the maximum allowed number of input characters that have not  yet
       been  read by some program.  Currently this limit is 256 characters.  When the input limit
       is reached all the saved characters are thrown away without notice.

       Normally, terminal input is processed in units  of  lines.   This  means  that  a  program
       attempting to read will be suspended until an entire line has been typed.  Also, no matter
       how many characters are requested in the read call, at most one line will be returned.  It
       is  not	however  necessary  to read a whole line at once; any number of characters may be
       requested in a read, even one, without losing information.  There are special modes,  dis-
       cussed  below, that permit the program to read each character as typed without waiting for
       a full line.

       During input, erase and kill processing is normally done.  By default, the  character  `#'
       erases  the  last character typed, except that it will not erase beyond the beginning of a
       line or an EOT.	By default, the character `@' kills the entire line up to the point where
       it  was	typed, but not beyond an EOT.  Both these characters operate on a keystroke basis
       independently of any backspacing or tabbing that may have been done.  Either  `@'  or  `#'
       may  be entered literally by preceding it by `\'; the erase or kill character remains, but
       the `\' disappears.  These two characters may be changed to others.

       When desired, all upper-case letters are mapped into the corresponding lower-case  letter.
       The upper-case letter may be generated by preceding it by `\'.  In addition, the following
       escape sequences can be generated on output and accepted on input:

       for  use
       `    \'
       |    \!
       ~    \^
       {    \(
       }    \)

       Certain ASCII control characters have special meaning.  These characters are not passed to
       a reading program except in raw mode where they lose their special character.  Also, it is
       possible to change these characters from the default; see below.

       EOT    (Control-D) may be used to generate an end of file from a terminal.  When an EOT is
	      received,  all the characters waiting to be read are immediately passed to the pro-
	      gram, without waiting for a new-line, and the EOT is discarded.  Thus if there  are
	      no characters waiting, which is to say the EOT occurred at the beginning of a line,
	      zero characters will be passed back, and this is the standard  end-of-file  indica-

       DEL    (Rubout) is not passed to a program but generates an interrupt signal which is sent
	      to all processes with the associated control terminal.  Normally each such  process
	      is forced to terminate, but arrangements may be made either to ignore the signal or
	      to receive a trap to an agreed-upon location.  See signal(2).

       FS     (Control-\ or control-shift-L) generates the quit signal.  Its treatment is identi-
	      cal  to  the interrupt signal except that unless a receiving process has made other
	      arrangements it will not only be terminated but a core image file  will  be  gener-

       DC3    (Control-S) delays all printing on the terminal until something is typed in.

       DC1    (Control-Q) restarts  printing after DC3 without generating any input to a program.

       When  the  carrier signal from the dataset drops (usually because the user has hung up his
       terminal) a hangup signal is sent to all processes with the terminal as control	terminal.
       Unless  other  arrangements have been made, this signal causes the processes to terminate.
       If the hangup signal is ignored, any read returns with an  end-of-file  indication.   Thus
       programs that read a terminal and test for end-of-file on their input can terminate appro-
       priately when hung up on.

       When one or more characters are written, they are actually transmitted to the terminal  as
       soon  as  previously-written characters have finished typing.  Input characters are echoed
       by putting them in the output queue as they arrive.  When a  process  produces  characters
       more  rapidly  than  they can be typed, it will be suspended when its output queue exceeds
       some limit.  When the queue has drained down to some threshold  the  program  is  resumed.
       Even  parity  is always generated on output.  The EOT character is not transmitted (except
       in raw mode) to prevent terminals that respond to it from hanging up.

       Several ioctl(2) calls apply to terminals.  Most of  them  use  the  following  structure,
       defined in <sgtty.h>:

       struct sgttyb {
	    char sg_ispeed;
	    char sg_ospeed;
	    char sg_erase;
	    char sg_kill;
	    int  sg_flags;

       The  sg_ispeed  and  sg_ospeed  fields  describe the input and output speeds of the device
       according to the following table, which corresponds to the DEC DH-11 interface.	If  other
       hardware  is used, impossible speed changes are ignored.  Symbolic values in the table are
       as defined in <sgtty.h>.

       B0      0    (hang up dataphone)
       B50     1    50 baud
       B75     2    75 baud
       B110    3    110 baud
       B134    4    134.5 baud
       B150    5    150 baud
       B200    6    200 baud
       B300    7    300 baud
       B600    8    600 baud
       B1200   9    1200 baud
       B1800   10   1800 baud
       B2400   11   2400 baud
       B4800   12   4800 baud
       B9600   13   9600 baud
       EXTA    14   External A
       EXTB    15   External B

       In the current configuration, only 110, 150, 300 and 1200 baud  are  really  supported  on
       dial-up lines.  Code conversion and line control required for IBM 2741's (134.5 baud) must
       be implemented by the user's program.  The half-duplex line discipline  required  for  the
       202 dataset (1200 baud) is not supplied; full-duplex 212 datasets work fine.

       The sg_erase and sg_kill fields of the argument structure specify the erase and kill char-
       acters respectively.  (Defaults are # and @.)

       The sg_flags field of the argument structure contains several bits that determine the sys-
       tem's treatment of the terminal:

       ALLDELAY 0177400 Delay algorithm selection
       BSDELAY	0100000 Select backspace delays (not implemented):
       BS0	0
       BS1	0100000
       VTDELAY	0040000 Select form-feed and vertical-tab delays:
       FF0	0
       FF1	0100000
       CRDELAY	0030000 Select carriage-return delays:
       CR0	0
       CR1	0010000
       CR2	0020000
       CR3	0030000
       TBDELAY	0006000 Select tab delays:
       TAB0	0
       TAB1	0001000
       TAB2	0004000
       XTABS	0006000
       NLDELAY	0001400 Select new-line delays:
       NL0	0
       NL1	0000400
       NL2	0001000
       NL3	0001400
       EVENP	0000200 Even parity allowed on input (most terminals)
       ODDP	0000100 Odd parity allowed on input
       RAW	0000040 Raw mode: wake up on all characters, 8-bit interface
       CRMOD	0000020 Map CR into LF; echo LF or CR as CR-LF
       ECHO	0000010 Echo (full duplex)
       LCASE	0000004 Map upper case to lower on input
       CBREAK	0000002 Return each character as soon as typed
       TANDEM	0000001 Automatic flow control

       The  delay bits specify how long transmission stops to allow for mechanical or other move-
       ment when certain characters are sent to the terminal.  In all cases a value  of  0  indi-
       cates no delay.

       Backspace delays are currently ignored but might be used for Terminet 300's.

       If a form-feed/vertical tab delay is specified, it lasts for about 2 seconds.

       Carriage-return delay type 1 lasts about .08 seconds and is suitable for the Terminet 300.
       Delay type 2 lasts about .16 seconds and is suitable for the VT05 and the TI  700.   Delay
       type 3 is unimplemented and is 0.

       New-line  delay	type 1 is dependent on the current column and is tuned for Teletype model
       37's.  Type 2 is useful for the VT05 and is about .10 seconds.  Type  3	is  unimplemented
       and is 0.

       Tab delay type 1 is dependent on the amount of movement and is tuned to the Teletype model
       37.  Type 3, called XTABS, is not a delay at all but causes tabs to  be	replaced  by  the
       appropriate number of spaces on output.

       Characters with the wrong parity, as determined by bits 200 and 100, are ignored.

       In  raw mode, every character is passed immediately to the program without waiting until a
       full line has been typed.  No erase or kill processing is done; the end-of-file	indicator
       (EOT),  the  interrupt  character  (DEL)  and the quit character (FS) are not treated spe-
       cially.	There are no delays and no echoing, and  no  replacement  of  one  character  for
       another;  characters are a full 8 bits for both input and output (parity is up to the pro-

       Mode 020 causes input carriage returns to be turned into new-lines; input of either CR  or
       LF causes LF-CR both to be echoed (for terminals with a new-line function).

       CBREAK is a sort of half-cooked (rare?) mode.  Programs can read each character as soon as
       typed, instead of waiting for a full line, but quit and interrupt work, and output delays,
       case-translation,  CRMOD,  XTABS, ECHO, and parity work normally.  On the other hand there
       is no erase or kill, and no special treatment of \ or EOT.

       TANDEM mode causes the system to produce a stop character (default DC3) whenever the input
       queue  is  in  danger  of  overflowing, and a start character (default DC1) when the input
       queue has drained sufficiently.	It is useful for flow  control	when  the  `terminal'  is
       actually another machine that obeys the conventions.

       Several ioctl calls have the form:

       #include <sgtty.h>

       ioctl(fildes, code, arg)
       struct sgttyb *arg;

       The applicable codes are:

	      Fetch  the  parameters  associated  with	the terminal, and store in the pointed-to

	      Set the parameters according to the pointed-to  structure.   The	interface  delays
	      until  output is quiescent, then throws away any unread characters, before changing
	      the modes.

	      Set the parameters but do not delay or flush input.  Switching out of RAW or CBREAK
	      mode may cause some garbage input.

       With the following codes the arg is ignored.

	      Set  ``exclusive-use'' mode: no further opens are permitted until the file has been

	      Turn off ``exclusive-use'' mode.

	      When the file is closed for the last time, hang up the terminal.	 This  is  useful
	      when the line is associated with an ACU used to place outgoing calls.

	      All characters waiting in input or output queues are flushed.

       The  following  codes  affect  characters that are special to the terminal interface.  The
       argument is a pointer to the following structure, defined in <sgtty.h>:

       struct tchars {
	    char t_intrc;	/* interrupt */
	    char t_quitc;	/* quit */
	    char t_startc; /* start output */
	    char t_stopc;  /* stop output */
	    char t_eofc;	/* end-of-file */
	    char t_brkc;	/* input delimiter (like nl) */

       The default values for these characters are DEL, FS, DC1, DC3, EOT, and -1.   A	character
       value of -1 eliminates the effect of that character.  The t_brkc character, by default -1,
       acts like a new-line in that it terminates a `line,' is echoed, and is passed to the  pro-
       gram.   The `stop' and `start' characters may be the same, to produce a toggle effect.  It
       is probably counterproductive to make other special characters (including erase	an  kill)

       The calls are:

	      Change the various special characters to those given in the structure.

	      Set the special characters to those given in the structure.


       getty(8), stty (1), signal(2), ioctl(2)

       Half-duplex terminals are not supported.

       The terminal handler has clearly entered the race for ever-greater complexity and general-
       ity.  It's still not complex and general enough for TENEX fans.


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