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tcsendbreak - send a "break" for a specific duration


#include <termios.h>

int tcsendbreak(int fildes, int duration);


The fildes argument is an open file descriptor associated with a terminal.

If the terminal is using asynchronous serial data transmission, tcsendbreak() will cause transmission of a continuous stream of zero-valued bits for a specific duration. If duration is 0, it will cause transmission of zero-valued bits for at least 0.25 seconds, and not more than 0.5 seconds. If duration is not 0, it will send zero-valued bits for an implementation-dependent period of time.

If the terminal is not using asynchronous serial data transmission, it is implementation-dependent whether tcsendbreak() sends data to generate a break condition or returns without taking any action.

Attempts to use tcsendbreak() 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 tcsendbreak() function will fail if:
The fildes argument is not a valid file descriptor.
The file associated with fildes is not a terminal.

The tcsendbreak() 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 tcsendbreak() interface definition. It has become clear that this omission was unintended, so it is likely that the [EIO] error will be reclassified as a "will fail" in a future issue of the POSIX standard.


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


Derived from the POSIX.1-1988 standard.

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