TCFLUSH(3C) Standard C Library Functions TCFLUSH(3C)

tcflush - flush non-transmitted output data, non-read input data or both

#include <termios.h>
int tcflush(int fildes, int queue_selector);

Upon successful completion, tcflush() discards data written to the object referred to by fildes (an open file descriptor associated with a terminal) but not transmitted, or data received but not read, depending on the value of queue_selector:

If queue_selector is TCIFLUSH it flushes data received but not read.
If queue_selector is TCOFLUSH it flushes data written but not transmitted.
If queue_selector is TCIOFLUSH it flushes both data received but not read and data written but not transmitted.

Attempts to use tcflush() from a process which is a member of a background process group on a fildes associated with its controlling terminal, will cause the process group to be sent a SIGTTOU signal. If the calling process is blocking or ignoring SIGTTOU signals, the process is allowed to perform the operation, and no signal is sent.

Upon successful completion, 0 is returned. Otherwise, −1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.

The tcflush() function will fail if:


The fildes argument is not a valid file descriptor.


The queue_selector argument is not a supported value.


The file associated with fildes is not a terminal.

The tcflush() function may fail if:


The process group of the writing process is orphaned, and the writing process is not ignoring or blocking SIGTTOU.

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface Stability Standard
MT-Level MT-Safe, and Async-Signal-Safe

tcdrain(3C), termio(4I), attributes(7), standards(7)

August 14, 2002 OmniOS