This chapter describes functions that are specific to terminal devices. You can use these functions to do things like turn off input echoing; set serial line characteristics such as line speed and flow control; and change which characters are used for end-of-file, command-line editing, sending signals, and similar control functions.
Most of the functions in this chapter operate on file descriptors. See Low-Level I/O, for more information about what a file descriptor is and how to open a file descriptor for a terminal device.
|• Is It a Terminal||How to determine if a file is a terminal device, and what its name is.|
|• I/O Queues||About flow control and typeahead.|
|• Canonical or Not||Two basic styles of input processing.|
|• Terminal Modes||How to examine and modify flags controlling details of terminal I/O: echoing, signals, editing. Posix.|
|• BSD Terminal Modes||BSD compatible terminal mode setting|
|• Line Control||Sending break sequences, clearing terminal buffers …|
|• Noncanon Example||How to read single characters without echo.|
|• getpass||Prompting the user for a passphrase.|
|• Pseudo-Terminals||How to open a pseudo-terminal.|