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nft_popen.h

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 * File:    nft_popen.h
 *
 * PURPOSE
 *
 * Thread-safe substitute for popen() that doesn't use stdio streams.
 *
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 */

/*!
 *  The nft_popen() function forks a command in a child process, and returns
 *  a pipe that is connected to the child's standard input and output. It is
 *  like the standard popen() call, except that it returns the file descriptor,
 *  instead of a stdio stream created by fdopen(). The file descriptor can be
 *  used with select() or poll(), or the caller can use fdopen() if a stdio
 *  FILE* is preferable.
 *
 *  The mode argument is defined as in standard popen(). 
 *
 *  On success, returns a file descriptor, or -1 on error.
 *  On failure, returns -1, with errno set to one of:
 *    EINVAL  The mode argument is incorrect.
 *    EMFILE      pipe() failed.
 *    ENFILE  pipe() failed.
 *    ENOMEM  malloc() failed.
 *    EAGAIN  fork() failed.
 */
extern int  nft_popen(const char * command, const char * mode);

/*!
 *  nft_pchild
 *
 *  Get the pid of the child process for an fd created by ntf_popen().
 *  
 *  On success, the pid of the child process is returned.
 *  On failure, nft_pchild() returns -1, with errno set to:
 *  
 *    EBADF The fd is not an active nft_popen() file descriptor.
 */
extern int  nft_pchild(int fd);

/*!
 *  nft_pclose
 *
 *  Close the pipe and wait for the status of the child process.
 *  
 *  On success, the exit status of the child process is returned.
 *  On failure, nft_pclose() returns -1, with errno set to:
 *  
 *    EBADF The fd is not an active popen() file descriptor.
 *    ECHILD      waitpid() failed.
 */
extern int  nft_pclose(int fd);

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