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DUP(2)			   Linux Programmer's Manual			DUP(2)

       dup, dup2, dup3 - duplicate a file descriptor

       #include <unistd.h>

       int dup(int oldfd);
       int dup2(int oldfd, int newfd);

       #define _GNU_SOURCE	       /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
       #include <fcntl.h>	       /* Obtain O_* constant definitions */
       #include <unistd.h>

       int dup3(int oldfd, int newfd, int flags);

       These system calls create a copy of the file descriptor oldfd.

       dup()  uses  the lowest-numbered unused descriptor for the new descrip‐

       dup2() makes newfd be the copy of oldfd, closing newfd first if	neces‐
       sary, but note the following:

       *  If  oldfd  is	 not a valid file descriptor, then the call fails, and
	  newfd is not closed.

       *  If oldfd is a valid file descriptor, and newfd has the same value as
	  oldfd, then dup2() does nothing, and returns newfd.

       After  a	 successful return from one of these system calls, the old and
       new file descriptors may be used interchangeably.  They	refer  to  the
       same open file description (see open(2)) and thus share file offset and
       file status flags; for example, if the file offset is modified by using
       lseek(2)	 on one of the descriptors, the offset is also changed for the

       The two descriptors do not share file descriptor flags  (the  close-on-
       exec  flag).  The close-on-exec flag (FD_CLOEXEC; see fcntl(2)) for the
       duplicate descriptor is off.

       dup3() is the same as dup2(), except that:

       *  The caller can force the close-on-exec flag to be set	 for  the  new
	  file	descriptor by specifying O_CLOEXEC in flags.  See the descrip‐
	  tion of the same flag in open(2) for reasons why this may be useful.

       *  If oldfd equals newfd, then dup3() fails with the error EINVAL.

       On success, these system calls return the new descriptor.  On error, -1
       is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

       EBADF  oldfd  isn't  an	open  file  descriptor, or newfd is out of the
	      allowed range for file descriptors.

       EBUSY  (Linux only) This may be returned by dup2() or dup3()  during  a
	      race condition with open(2) and dup().

       EINTR  The  dup2() or dup3() call was interrupted by a signal; see sig‐

       EINVAL (dup3()) flags contain an invalid value.	Or, oldfd was equal to

       EMFILE The  process  already has the maximum number of file descriptors
	      open and tried to open a new one.

       dup3() was added to Linux in version 2.6.27; glibc support is available
       starting with version 2.9.

       dup(), dup2(): SVr4, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.

       dup3() is Linux-specific.

       The  error  returned  by	 dup2()	 is  different	from  that returned by
       fcntl(..., F_DUPFD, ...)	 when newfd is out of range.  On some  systems
       dup2() also sometimes returns EINVAL like F_DUPFD.

       If newfd was open, any errors that would have been reported at close(2)
       time are lost.  A careful programmer will  not  use  dup2()  or	dup3()
       without closing newfd first.

       close(2), fcntl(2), open(2)

       This  page  is  part of release 3.65 of the Linux man-pages project.  A
       description of the project, and information about reporting  bugs,  can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux				  2012-02-14				DUP(2)

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