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Low-Level I/O

Updated: March 2009

These functions invoke the operating system directly for lower-level operation than that provided by stream I/O. Low-level input and output calls do not buffer or format data.

Low-level routines can access the standard streams opened at program startup using the following predefined file descriptors.

Stream

File Descriptor

stdin

0

stdout

1

stderr

2

Low-level I/O routines set the errno global variable when an error occurs. You must include STDIO.H when you use low-level functions only if your program requires a constant that is defined in STDIO.H, such as the end-of-file indicator (EOF).

Low-Level I/O Functions

Function

Use

_close

Close file

_commit

Flush file to disk

_creat, _wcreat

Create file

_dup

Return next available file descriptor for given file

_dup2

Create second descriptor for given file

_eof

Test for end of file

_lseek, _lseeki64

Reposition file pointer to given location

_open, _wopen

Open file

_read

Read data from file

_sopen, _wsopen, _sopen_s, _wsopen_s

Open file for file sharing

_tell, _telli64

Get current file-pointer position

_umask, _umask_s

Set file-permission mask

_write

Write data to file

_dup and _dup2 are typically used to associate the predefined file descriptors with different files.

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March 2009

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