pipe(2) - SerenityOS man pages


pipe, pipe2 - create a pipe


#include <unistd.h>

int pipe(int pipefd[2]);
int pipe2(int pipefd[2], int flags);


pipe() creates a new pipe, an anonymous FIFO channel. It returns two new file descriptors in pipefd. Any data written to the pipefd[1] can then be read from pipefd[0]. When pipefd[1] is closed, reads from pipefd[0] will return EOF.

pipe2() behaves the same as pipe(), but it additionally accepts the following flags:


The following program creates a pipe, then forks, the child then writes some data to the pipe which the parent reads:

#include <AK/Assertions.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <unistd.h>

int main()
    // Create the pipe.
    int pipefd[2];
    int rc = pipe(pipefd);
    ASSERT(rc == 0);

    pid_t pid = fork();
    ASSERT(pid >= 0);

    if (pid == 0) {
        // Close the reading end of the pipe.
        // Write a message to the writing end of the pipe.
        static const char greeting[] = "Hello friends!";
        int nwritten = write(pipefd[1], greeting, sizeof(greeting));
        ASSERT(nwritten == sizeof(greeting));
    } else {
        // Close the writing end of the pipe.
        // If we don't do this, we'll never
        // get an EOF.
        // Read the message from the reading end of the pipe.
        char buffer[100];
        int nread = read(pipefd[0], buffer, sizeof(buffer));
        ASSERT(nread > 0);
        // Try to read again. We should get an EOF this time.
        nread = read(pipefd[0], buffer + nread, sizeof(buffer) - nread);
        ASSERT(nread == 0);