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TTYNAME(3)						     Linux Programmer's Manual							TTYNAME(3)

ttyname, ttyname_r - return name of a terminal SYNOPSIS
#include <unistd.h> char *ttyname(int fd); int ttyname_r(int fd, char *buf, size_t buflen); DESCRIPTION
The function ttyname() returns a pointer to the null-terminated pathname of the terminal device that is open on the file descriptor fd, or NULL on error (for example, if fd is not connected to a terminal). The return value may point to static data, possibly overwritten by the next call. The function ttyname_r() stores this pathname in the buffer buf of length buflen. RETURN VALUE
The function ttyname() returns a pointer to a pathname on success. On error, NULL is returned, and errno is set appropriately. The func- tion ttyname_r() returns 0 on success, and an error number upon error. ERRORS
EBADF Bad file descriptor. ENOTTY File descriptor does not refer to a terminal device. ERANGE (ttyname_r()) buflen was too small to allow storing the pathname. ENODEV File descriptor refers to a slave pseudoterminal device but the corresponding pathname could not be found (see NOTES). ATTRIBUTES
For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7). +------------+---------------+------------------------+ |Interface | Attribute | Value | +------------+---------------+------------------------+ |ttyname() | Thread safety | MT-Unsafe race:ttyname | +------------+---------------+------------------------+ |ttyname_r() | Thread safety | MT-Safe | +------------+---------------+------------------------+ CONFORMING TO
POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, 4.2BSD. NOTES
A process that keeps a file descriptor that refers to a pts(4) device open when switching to another mount namespace that uses a different /dev/ptmx instance may still accidentally find that a device path of the same name for that file descriptor exists. However, this device path refers to a different device and thus can't be used to access the device that the file descriptor refers to. Calling ttyname() or ttyname_r() on the file descriptor in the new mount namespace will cause these functions to return NULL and set errno to ENODEV. SEE ALSO
tty(1), fstat(2), ctermid(3), isatty(3), pts(4) COLOPHON
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ttyname(3)						     Library Functions Manual							ttyname(3)

ttyname, isatty, ttyname_r - Get the name of a terminal LIBRARY
Standard C Library (, libc.a) SYNOPSIS
#include <unistd.h> char *ttyname( int file-descriptor); int isatty( int file-descriptor); int ttyname_r( int file-descriptor, char *buffer, int len); STANDARDS
Interfaces documented on this reference page conform to industry standards as follows: ttyname_r(): POSIX.1c isatty(), ttyname(): XSH4.2 Refer to the standards(5) reference page for more information about industry standards and associated tags. PARAMETERS
Specifies an open file descriptor. Points to a buffer in which the terminal name is stored. Specifies the length of the buffer pointed to by the buffer parameter. DESCRIPTION
The ttyname() function gets the name of a terminal. It returns a pointer to a string containing the null-terminated pathname of the termi- nal device associated with the file-descriptor parameter. The isatty() function determines if the device associated with the file-descriptor parameter is a terminal. NOTES
The ttyname() function returns a pointer to thread-specific data. Subsequent calls to this function from the same thread overwrite this data. RETURN VALUES
Upon successful completion, the ttyname() function returns a pointer to a string identifying a terminal device. A NULL pointer is returned if the file-descriptor parameter does not describe a terminal device in the /dev directory. Upon successful completion, the isatty() function returns a value of 1 if the specified file-descriptor parameter is associated with a ter- minal. Otherwise, it returns a value of zero (0). [POSIX] Upon successful completion, the ttyname_r() function stores the terminal name as a null-terminated string in the buffer pointed to by the buffer parameter and returns a value of 0 (zero). Otherwise, it returns an error number. [Tru64 UNIX] The obsolete version of ttyname_r() functions the same way as the POSIX version, except it returns a -1 upon unsuccessful completion. ERRORS
If the isatty() function fails, errno may be set to the following value: The file associated with file-descriptor is not a terminal. If the ttyname_r() function fails, errno may be set to the following value: The buffer parameter is a null pointer or the len parameter was too short to store the string. RELATED INFORMATION
Functions: ttyslot(3) Standards: standards(5) delim off ttyname(3)
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