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LSEEK64(3)                Linux Programmer's Manual               LSEEK64(3)

NAME         top

       lseek64 - reposition 64-bit read/write file offset

SYNOPSIS         top

       #define _LARGEFILE64_SOURCE     /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
       #include <sys/types.h>
       #include <unistd.h>

       off64_t lseek64(int fd, off64_t offset, int whence);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The lseek(2) family of functions reposition the offset of the open
       file associated with the file descriptor fd to offset bytes relative
       to the start, current position, or end of the file, when whence has
       the value SEEK_SET, SEEK_CUR, or SEEK_END, respectively.

       For more details, return value, and errors, see lseek(2).

       Four interfaces are available: lseek(2), lseek64(), llseek(2), and


           off_t lseek(int fd, off_t offset, int whence);

       lseek(2) uses the type off_t.  This is a 32-bit signed type on 32-bit
       architectures, unless one compiles with

           #define _FILE_OFFSET_BITS 64

       in which case it is a 64-bit signed type.


           off64_t lseek64(int fd, off64_t offset, int whence);

       The library routine lseek64() uses a 64-bit type even when off_t is a
       32-bit type.  Its prototype (and the type off64_t) is available only
       when one compiles with

           #define _LARGEFILE64_SOURCE

       The function lseek64() is available since glibc 2.1, and is defined
       to be an alias for llseek().


           loff_t llseek(int fd, loff_t offset, int whence);

       The type loff_t is a 64-bit signed type.  The library routine
       llseek() is available in glibc and works without special defines.
       However, the glibc headers do not provide a prototype.  Users should
       add the above prototype, or something equivalent, to their own
       source.  When users complained about data loss caused by a miscompi‐
       lation of e2fsck(8), glibc 2.1.3 added the link-time warning

           "the `llseek´ function may be dangerous; use `lseek64´ instead."

       This makes this function unusable if one desires a warning-free com‐

       On 32-bit architectures, this is the system call that is used to
       implement all of the above functions.  The prototype is:

           int _llseek(int fd, off_t offset_hi, off_t offset_lo,
                       loff_t *result, int whence);

       For more details, see llseek(2).

       64-bit systems don't need an _llseek() system call.  Instead, they
       have an lseek(2) system call that supports 64-bit file offsets.

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface Attribute     Value   │
       │lseek64() │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │

SEE ALSO         top

       llseek(2), lseek(2)

COLOPHON         top

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