ioctl

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



NAME
       ioctl - control device

SYNOPSIS
       #include <sys/ioctl.h>

       int ioctl(int fd, unsigned long request, ...);

DESCRIPTION
       The ioctl() system call manipulates the underlying device parameters of
       special files.  In particular, many operating characteristics of
       character special files (e.g., terminals) may be controlled with
       ioctl() requests.  The argument fd must be an open file descriptor.

       The second argument is a device-dependent request code.  The third
       argument is an untyped pointer to memory.  It's traditionally char
       *argp (from the days before void * was valid C), and will be so named
       for this discussion.

       An ioctl() request has encoded in it whether the argument is an in
       parameter or out parameter, and the size of the argument argp in bytes.
       Macros and defines used in specifying an ioctl() request are located in
       the file <sys/ioctl.h>.

RETURN VALUE
       Usually, on success zero is returned.  A few ioctl() requests use the
       return value as an output parameter and return a nonnegative value on
       success.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS
       EBADF  fd is not a valid file descriptor.

       EFAULT argp references an inaccessible memory area.

       EINVAL request or argp is not valid.

       ENOTTY fd is not associated with a character special device.

       ENOTTY The specified request does not apply to the kind of object that
              the file descriptor fd references.

CONFORMING TO
       No single standard.  Arguments, returns, and semantics of ioctl() vary
       according to the device driver in question (the call is used as a
       catch-all for operations that don't cleanly fit the UNIX stream I/O
       model).  See ioctl_list(2) for a list of many of the known ioctl()
       calls.  The ioctl() system call appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.

NOTES
       In order to use this call, one needs an open file descriptor.  Often
       the open(2) call has unwanted side effects, that can be avoided under
       Linux by giving it the O_NONBLOCK flag.

SEE ALSO
       execve(2), fcntl(2), ioctl_console(2), ioctl_fat(2),
       ioctl_ficlonerange(2), ioctl_fideduperange(2), ioctl_getfsmap(2),
       ioctl_iflags(2), ioctl_list(2), ioctl_ns(2), ioctl_tty(2),
       ioctl_userfaultfd(2), open(2), sd(4), tty(4)

COLOPHON
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       latest version of this page, can be found at
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Linux                             2017-05-03                          IOCTL(2)