TCSENDBREAK(3C) Standard C Library Functions TCSENDBREAK(3C)

tcsendbreak - send a ``break'' for a specific duration

#include <termios.h>
int tcsendbreak(int fildes, int duration);

The fildes argument is an open file descriptor associated with a terminal.

If the terminal is using asynchronous serial data transmission, tcsendbreak() will cause transmission of a continuous stream of zero-valued bits for a specific duration. If duration is 0, it will cause transmission of zero-valued bits for at least 0.25 seconds, and not more than 0.5 seconds. If duration is not 0, it behaves in a way similar to tcdrain(3C).

If the terminal is not using asynchronous serial data transmission, it sends data to generate a break condition or returns without taking any action.

Attempts to use tcsendbreak() 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 tcsendbreak() function will fail if:


The fildes argument is not a valid file descriptor.


The file associated with fildes is not a terminal.

The tcsendbreak() 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