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FSEEK(3) NetBSD Library Functions Manual FSEEK(3)
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fgetpos, fseek, fseeko, fsetpos, ftell, ftello, rewind -- reposition a
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
fseek(FILE *stream, long int offset, int whence);
fseeko(FILE *stream, off_t offset, int whence);
fgetpos(FILE * restrict stream, fpos_t * restrict pos);
fsetpos(FILE * restrict stream, const fpos_t * restrict pos);
The fseek() function sets the file position indicator for the stream
pointed to by stream. The new position, measured in bytes, is obtained
by adding offset bytes to the position specified by whence. If whence is
set to SEEK_SET, SEEK_CUR, or SEEK_END, the offset is relative to the
start of the file, the current position indicator, or end-of-file,
respectively. A successful call to the fseek() function clears the end-
of-file indicator for the stream and undoes any effects of the ungetc(3)
function on the same stream.
The fseeko() function is identical to the fseek() function except that
the offset argument is of type off_t.
The ftell() function obtains the current value of the file position indi-
cator for the stream pointed to by stream.
The ftello() function is identical to the ftell() function except that
the return value is of type off_t.
The rewind() function sets the file position indicator for the stream
pointed to by stream to the beginning of the file. It is equivalent to:
(void)fseek(stream, 0L, SEEK_SET)
except that the error indicator for the stream is also cleared (see
In this implementation, the fgetpos() and fsetpos() functions are alter-
native interfaces equivalent to ftell(), ftello(), fseek() and fseeko()
(with whence set to SEEK_SET), setting and storing the current value of
the file offset into or from the object referenced by pos. In others
implementations, an ``fpos_t'' object may be a complex object and these
routines may be the only way to portably reposition a text stream.
The rewind() function returns no value. Upon successful completion,
fgetpos(), fseek(), fsetpos() return 0, and ftell() returns the current
offset. Otherwise, fseek() and ftell() return -1 and the others return a
nonzero value and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.
[EBADF] The stream specified is not a seekable stream.
[EINVAL] The whence argument to fseek() was not SEEK_SET,
SEEK_END, or SEEK_CUR.
The function fgetpos(), fseek(), fseeko(), fsetpos(), ftell(), ftello(),
and rewind() may also fail and set errno for any of the errors specified
for the routines fflush(3), fstat(2), lseek(2), and malloc(3).
The fgetpos(), fsetpos(), fseek(), ftell(), and rewind() functions con-
form to ANSI X3.159-1989 (``ANSI C89''). The fseeko() and ftello() func-
tions conform to X/Open System Interfaces and Headers Issue 5 (``XSH5'').
The fgetpos() and fsetpos() functions don't store/set shift states of the
stream in this implementation.
NetBSD 5.0 July 8, 2000 NetBSD 5.0