How to programm TTY devices under UNIX platform?

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Old 12-20-2001
Question How to programm TTY devices under UNIX platform?

Dear Export,

I want to begin an serial-communication application codes associated with TTY devices. But I don't know what key settings should be concerned after opening a TTY device file under UNIX plarform(SunOS 5.7)?

Could you give me some adivce? Thanks!

Last edited by WayneYang; 12-20-2001 at 04:51 AM..
# 2  
Old 12-20-2001
Check your system's man pages on...

termio (and/or termios)
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Old 12-20-2001
Thank you, rwb1959,

Actually I have a look at man pages of TERMIO. But you know, it is simple that some contents mentioned is still not clear to me. the most puzzling question is How to set the value of BAUD to a opened TTY file? And what is the detailed reason?

Looking forward to you reply!
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Old 12-21-2001
There is the old unix way to do this and the new posix way. I wrote a program to put the tty into raw mode using both methods so I could compare them. You should probably understand both techniques since there is a lot of old code out there. But I think the posix revision is a win, so I would suggest going the posix route with new code. I would add the following man pages to your list:


You should use the routines in cfspeed(3C) to change the baud rate.

Here is the sample program that I wrote:
/*   #define OLD_TERMIO  */

#ifdef __STDC__
#ifdef __cplusplus

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>

#include <termio.h>
#include <termios.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
char *argv[];

        struct termio orig,now;
        struct termios orig,now;
        int c, i, rc, done;
        setvbuf(stdout, NULL, _IONBF ,0);

        ioctl(0, TCGETA, (char *) &orig);
        tcgetattr(0, &orig);
        now.c_lflag &= ~(ISIG|ICANON|ECHO);
        ioctl(0,TCSETA, (char *) &now);
        tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, &now);
        while(!done) {
                printf("hit a key: ");
                printf(" got a  %03X \n", c);
                done = c=='q';
        ioctl(0,TCSETA, (char *) &orig);
        tcsetattr(0, TCSANOW, &orig);

Last edited by Perderabo; 01-16-2005 at 02:48 PM.. Reason: remove html which is no longer supported
# 5  
Old 12-21-2001
Perderabo is most correct. The Posix way
is certainly cleaner in general.
Sometimes old guys like me have
a hard time letting go Smilie
# 6  
Old 12-24-2001
Thank you! Perderabo.

I would like to try your dedication.

Maybe you know, I work now on the SunOS 5.7 platform. Surely I have looked up the TERMIOS library. But I could not find that thress functions listed in your mail as follows:


I know, the SunOS 5.7 should obey to the POSIX standard. But where these functions?

Another one, would you like tell me what do you mean by the 'win' in your mail? I guess if it is "what is needed'?

Thanks again!
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Old 12-24-2001
Sun does a fairly reasonable job of complying with posix. There is no standard for exactly where to put information in the man pages. On Sun, start with the termio man page and look at all the man pages it references in the "SEE ALSO" section.

win [MIT; now common everywhere] 1. vi. To succeed. A program wins if no unexpected conditions arise, or (especially) if it sufficiently robust to take exceptions in stride. 2. n. Success, or a specific instance thereof. A pleasing outcome. "So it turned out I could use a lexer generator instead of hand-coding my own pattern recognizer. What a win!" Emphatic forms: `moby win', `super win', `hyper-win' (often used interjectively as a reply). For some reason `suitable win' is also common at MIT, usually in reference to a satisfactory solution to a problem. Oppose lose; see also big win, which isn't quite just an intensification of `win'.
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