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

       pipe, pipe2 - create pipe

       #include <unistd.h>

       int pipe(int pipefd[2]);

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

       int pipe2(int pipefd[2], int flags);

       pipe()  creates	a pipe, a unidirectional data channel that can be used
       for interprocess communication.	The array pipefd is used to return two
       file  descriptors  referring to the ends of the pipe.  pipefd[0] refers
       to the read end of the pipe.  pipefd[1] refers to the write end of  the
       pipe.   Data  written  to  the write end of the pipe is buffered by the
       kernel until it is read from the read end of  the  pipe.	  For  further
       details, see pipe(7).

       If  flags is 0, then pipe2() is the same as pipe().  The following val‐
       ues can be bitwise ORed in flags to obtain different behavior:

	      Set the close-on-exec (FD_CLOEXEC) flag  on  the	two  new  file
	      descriptors.   See  the  description of the same flag in open(2)
	      for reasons why this may be useful.

       O_DIRECT (since Linux 3.4)
	      Create a pipe that performs I/O in "packet" mode.	 Each write(2)
	      to  the  pipe  is	 dealt with as a separate packet, and read(2)s
	      from the pipe will read one packet at a time.  Note the  follow‐
	      ing points:

	      *	 Writes	 of  greater than PIPE_BUF bytes (see pipe(7)) will be
		 split into multiple packets.

	      *	 If a read(2) specifies a buffer size that is smaller than the
		 next packet, then the requested number of bytes are read, and
		 the excess bytes in the packet are discarded.	 Specifying  a
		 buffer	 size  of  PIPE_BUF  will  be  sufficient  to read the
		 largest possible packets (see the previous point).

	      *	 Zero-length packets are not supported.	 (A read(2) that spec‐
		 ifies a buffer size of zero is a no-op, and returns 0.)

	      Older  kernels  that do not support this flag will indicate this
	      via an EINVAL error.

	      Set the O_NONBLOCK file status flag on the  two  new  open  file
	      descriptions.   Using this flag saves extra calls to fcntl(2) to
	      achieve the same result.

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and  errno  is
       set appropriately.

       EFAULT pipefd is not valid.

       EINVAL (pipe2()) Invalid value in flags.

       EMFILE Too many file descriptors are in use by the process.

       ENFILE The  system  limit  on  the  total number of open files has been

       pipe2() was added to Linux in version 2.6.27; glibc support  is	avail‐
       able starting with version 2.9.

       pipe(): POSIX.1-2001.

       pipe2() is Linux-specific.

       The  following  program	creates	 a pipe, and then fork(2)s to create a
       child process; the child inherits a duplicate set of  file  descriptors
       that  refer  to	the same pipe.	After the fork(2), each process closes
       the descriptors that it doesn't need for the pipe (see  pipe(7)).   The
       parent  then  writes the string contained in the program's command-line
       argument to the pipe, and the child reads this string a byte at a  time
       from the pipe and echoes it on standard output.

   Program source
       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <sys/wait.h>
       #include <stdio.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <string.h>

       main(int argc, char *argv[])
	   int pipefd[2];
	   pid_t cpid;
	   char buf;

	   if (argc != 2) {
	       fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s <string>\n", argv[0]);

	   if (pipe(pipefd) == -1) {

	   cpid = fork();
	   if (cpid == -1) {

	   if (cpid == 0) {    /* Child reads from pipe */
	       close(pipefd[1]);	  /* Close unused write end */

	       while (read(pipefd[0], &buf, 1) > 0)
		   write(STDOUT_FILENO, &buf, 1);

	       write(STDOUT_FILENO, "\n", 1);

	   } else {	       /* Parent writes argv[1] to pipe */
	       close(pipefd[0]);	  /* Close unused read end */
	       write(pipefd[1], argv[1], strlen(argv[1]));
	       close(pipefd[1]);	  /* Reader will see EOF */
	       wait(NULL);		  /* Wait for child */

       fork(2), read(2), socketpair(2), write(2), popen(3), pipe(7)

       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				  2014-02-11			       PIPE(2)

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