The Single UNIX ® Specification, Version 2
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encrypt - encoding function (CRYPT)


#include <unistd.h>

void encrypt(char block[64], int edflag);


The encrypt() function provides (rather primitive) access to an implementation-dependent encoding algorithm. The key generated by setkey() is used to encrypt the string block with encrypt().

The block argument to encrypt() is an array of length 64 bytes containing only the bytes with numerical value of 0 and 1. The array is modified in place to a similar array using the key set by setkey(). If edflag is 0, the argument is encoded. If edflag is 1, the argument may be decoded (see the APPLICATION USAGE section below); if the argument is not decoded, errno will be set to [ENOSYS].

The encrypt() function will not change the setting of errno if successful.

This interface need not be reentrant.


The encrypt() function returns no value.


The encrypt()function will fail if:
The functionality is not supported on this implementation.




In some environments, decoding might not be implemented. This is related to U.S. Government restrictions on encryption and decryption routines: the DES decryption algorithm cannot be exported outside the U.S.A. Historical practice has been to ship a different version of the encryption library without the decryption feature in the routines supplied. Thus the exported version of encrypt() does encoding but not decoding.




crypt(), setkey(), <unistd.h>.


Derived from Issue 1 of the SVID.

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