The Single UNIX ® Specification, Version 2
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tcflow - suspend or restart the transmission or reception of data


#include <termios.h>

int tcflow(int fildes, int action);


The tcflow() function suspends transmission or reception of data on the object referred to by fildes, depending on the value of action. The fildes argument is an open file descriptor associated with a terminal.

The default on the opening of a terminal file is that neither its input nor its output are suspended.

Attempts to use tcflow() from a process which is a member of a background process group on a fildes associated with its controlling terminal, will cause the process group to be sent a SIGTTOU signal. If the calling process is blocking or ignoring SIGTTOU signals, the process is allowed to perform the operation, and no signal is sent.


Upon successful completion, 0 is returned. Otherwise, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.


The tcflow() function will fail if:
The fildes argument is not a valid file descriptor.
The action argument is not a supported value.
The file associated with fildes is not a terminal.

The tcflow() function may fail if:

The process group of the writing process is orphaned, and the writing process is not ignoring or blocking SIGTTOU.






In the ISO POSIX-1 standard, the possibility of an [EIO] error occurring is described in XBD specification, Terminal Access Control , but it is not mentioned in the tcflow() interface definition. It has become clear that this omission was unintended, so it is likely that the [EIO] error will be re-classified as a "will fail" in a future issue of the POSIX standard.


tcsendbreak(), <termios.h>, <unistd.h>, the XBD specification, General Terminal Interface .


Derived from the POSIX.1-1988 standard.

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