Poster of Linux kernelThe best gift for a Linux geek
MKSTEMP

MKSTEMP

Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (P) Updated: 2003
Local index Up
 

NAME

mkstemp - make a unique filename  

SYNOPSIS

#include <stdlib.h>

int mkstemp(char *template);
 

DESCRIPTION

The mkstemp() function shall replace the contents of the string pointed to by template by a unique filename, and return a file descriptor for the file open for reading and writing. The function thus prevents any possible race condition between testing whether the file exists and opening it for use. The string in template should look like a filename with six trailing 'X' s; mkstemp() replaces each 'X' with a character from the portable filename character set. The characters are chosen such that the resulting name does not duplicate the name of an existing file at the time of a call to mkstemp().  

RETURN VALUE

Upon successful completion, mkstemp() shall return an open file descriptor. Otherwise, -1 shall be returned if no suitable file could be created.  

ERRORS

No errors are defined.

The following sections are informative.  

EXAMPLES

 

Generating a Filename

The following example creates a file with a 10-character name beginning with the characters "file" and opens the file for reading and writing. The value returned as the value of fd is a file descriptor that identifies the file.


#include <stdlib.h>
...
char template[] = "/tmp/fileXXXXXX";
int fd;


fd = mkstemp(template);

 

APPLICATION USAGE

It is possible to run out of letters.

The mkstemp() function need not check to determine whether the filename part of template exceeds the maximum allowable filename length.  

RATIONALE

None.  

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

None.  

SEE ALSO

getpid() , open() , tmpfile() , tmpnam() , the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <stdlib.h>  

COPYRIGHT

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
EXAMPLES
Generating a Filename
APPLICATION USAGE
RATIONALE
FUTURE DIRECTIONS
SEE ALSO
COPYRIGHT

This document was created by man2html, using the manual pages.
Time: 21:50:15 GMT, April 16, 2011