MirBSD manpage: pipe(2)

PIPE(2)                    BSD Programmer's Manual                     PIPE(2)


     pipe - create descriptor pair for interprocess communication


     #include <unistd.h>

     pipe(int fildes[2]);


     The pipe() function creates a pipe, which is an object allowing unidirec-
     tional data flow, and allocates a pair of file descriptors. The first
     descriptor connects to the read end of the pipe, and the second connects
     to the write end, so that data written to fildes[1] appears on (i.e., can
     be read from) fildes[0]. This allows the output of one program to be sent
     to another program: the source's standard output is set up to be the
     write end of the pipe, and the sink's standard input is set up to be the
     read end of the pipe. The pipe itself persists until all its associated
     descriptors are closed.

     A pipe whose read or write end has been closed is considered widowed.
     Writing on such a pipe causes the writing process to receive a SIGPIPE
     signal. Widowing a pipe is the only way to deliver end-of-file to a
     reader: after the reader consumes any buffered data, reading a widowed
     pipe returns a zero count.


     On successful creation of the pipe, zero is returned. Otherwise, a value
     of -1 is returned and the variable errno set to indicate the error.


     The pipe() call will fail if:

     [EMFILE]      Too many descriptors are active.

     [ENFILE]      The system file table is full.

     [EFAULT]      The fildes buffer is in an invalid area of the process's
                   address space.


     sh(1), fork(2), read(2), socketpair(2), write(2)


     The pipe() function conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-1988 ("POSIX.1").

     As an extension, the pipe provided is actually capable of moving data bi-
     directionally. This is compatible with SVR4. However, this is non-POSIX
     behaviour which should not be relied on, for reasons of portability.


     A pipe() function call appeared in Version 3 AT&T UNIX.

MirBSD #10-current               June 4, 1993                                1

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