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DUP(2)                    OpenBSD Programmer's Manual                   DUP(2)

     dup, dup2 - duplicate an existing file descriptor

     #include <unistd.h>

     dup(int oldd);

     dup2(int oldd, int newd);

     dup() duplicates an existing object descriptor and returns its value to
     the calling process (newd = dup(oldd)). The argument oldd is a small non-
     negative integer index in the per-process descriptor table.  The value
     must be less than the size of the table, which is returned by
     getdtablesize(3).  The new descriptor returned by the call is the lowest
     numbered descriptor currently not in use by the process.

     The object referenced by the descriptor does not distinguish between oldd
     and newd in any way.  Thus if newd and oldd are duplicate references to
     an open file, read(2),  write(2) and lseek(2) calls all move a single
     pointer into the file, and append mode, non-blocking I/O and asynchronous
     I/O options are shared between the references.  If a separate pointer in-
     to the file is desired, a different object reference to the file must be
     obtained by issuing an additional open(2) call.  The close-on-exec flag
     on the new file descriptor is unset.

     In dup2(), the value of the new descriptor newd is specified.  If this
     descriptor is already in use, the descriptor is first deallocated as if a
     close(2) call had been done first.

     The value -1 is returned if an error occurs in either call.  The external
     variable errno indicates the cause of the error.

     dup() and dup2() fail if:

     [EBADF]       oldd or newd is not a valid active descriptor

     [EMFILE]      Too many descriptors are active.

     accept(2),  close(2),  fcntl(2),  open(2),  pipe(2),  socket(2),
     socketpair(2),  getdtablesize(3)

     dup() and dup2() are expected to conform to IEEE Std1003.1-1988

OpenBSD 2.6                      June 4, 1993                                1

Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.

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