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setbuf(3)               Library Functions Manual               setbuf(3)

NAME         top

       setbuf, setbuffer, setlinebuf, setvbuf - stream buffering

LIBRARY         top

       Standard C library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <stdio.h>

       int setvbuf(FILE *restrict stream, char buf[restrict .size],
                   int mode, size_t size);

       void setbuf(FILE *restrict stream, char *restrict buf);
       void setbuffer(FILE *restrict stream, char buf[restrict .size],
                   size_t size);
       void setlinebuf(FILE *stream);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see

       setbuffer(), setlinebuf():
           Since glibc 2.19:
           glibc 2.19 and earlier:

DESCRIPTION         top

       The three types of buffering available are unbuffered, block
       buffered, and line buffered.  When an output stream is
       unbuffered, information appears on the destination file or
       terminal as soon as written; when it is block buffered, many
       characters are saved up and written as a block; when it is line
       buffered, characters are saved up until a newline is output or
       input is read from any stream attached to a terminal device
       (typically stdin).  The function fflush(3) may be used to force
       the block out early.  (See fclose(3).)

       Normally all files are block buffered.  If a stream refers to a
       terminal (as stdout normally does), it is line buffered.  The
       standard error stream stderr is always unbuffered by default.

       The setvbuf() function may be used on any open stream to change
       its buffer.  The mode argument must be one of the following three

              _IONBF unbuffered

              _IOLBF line buffered

              _IOFBF fully buffered

       Except for unbuffered files, the buf argument should point to a
       buffer at least size bytes long; this buffer will be used instead
       of the current buffer.  If the argument buf is NULL, only the
       mode is affected; a new buffer will be allocated on the next read
       or write operation.  The setvbuf() function may be used only
       after opening a stream and before any other operations have been
       performed on it.

       The other three calls are, in effect, simply aliases for calls to
       setvbuf().  The setbuf() function is exactly equivalent to the

           setvbuf(stream, buf, buf ? _IOFBF : _IONBF, BUFSIZ);

       The setbuffer() function is the same, except that the size of the
       buffer is up to the caller, rather than being determined by the
       default BUFSIZ.  The setlinebuf() function is exactly equivalent
       to the call:

           setvbuf(stream, NULL, _IOLBF, 0);

RETURN VALUE         top

       The function setvbuf() returns 0 on success.  It returns nonzero
       on failure (mode is invalid or the request cannot be honored).
       It may set errno on failure.

       The other functions do not return a value.

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see
       │ Interface                           Attribute     Value   │
       │ setbuf(), setbuffer(),              │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │
       │ setlinebuf(), setvbuf()             │               │         │

STANDARDS         top

              C11, POSIX.1-2008.

HISTORY         top

              C89, POSIX.1-2001.

CAVEATS         top

       POSIX notes that the value of errno is unspecified after a call
       to setbuf() and further notes that, since the value of errno is
       not required to be unchanged after a successful call to setbuf(),
       applications should instead use setvbuf() in order to detect

BUGS         top

       You must make sure that the space that buf points to still exists
       by the time stream is closed, which also happens at program
       termination.  For example, the following is invalid:

       #include <stdio.h>

           char buf[BUFSIZ];

           setbuf(stdout, buf);
           printf("Hello, world!\n");
           return 0;

SEE ALSO         top

       stdbuf(1), fclose(3), fflush(3), fopen(3), fread(3), malloc(3),
       printf(3), puts(3)

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