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dio_open Opens a file (creating it if necessary) at a lower level than the C library input/ouput stream functions allow.


resource dio_open ( string $filename , int $flags [, int $mode = 0 ] )

dio_open() opens a file and returns a new file descriptor for it.



The pathname of the file to open.


The flags parameter is a bitwise-ORed value comprising flags from the following list. This value must include one of O_RDONLY, O_WRONLY, or O_RDWR. Additionally, it may include any combination of the other flags from this list.

  • O_RDONLY - opens the file for read access.

  • O_WRONLY - opens the file for write access.

  • O_RDWR - opens the file for both reading and writing.

  • O_CREAT - creates the file, if it doesn't already exist.

  • O_EXCL - if both O_CREAT and O_EXCL are set and the file already exists, causes dio_open() to fail.

  • O_TRUNC - if the file exists and is opened for write access, the file will be truncated to zero length.

  • O_APPEND - write operations write data at the end of the file.

  • O_NONBLOCK - sets non blocking mode.

  • O_NOCTTY - prevent the OS from assigning the opened file as the process's controlling terminal when opening a TTY device file.


If flags contains O_CREAT, mode will set the permissions of the file (creation permissions). Mode is required for correct operation when O_CREAT is specified in mode and is ignored otherwise.

The actual permissions assigned to the created file will be affected by the process's umask setting as per usual.

Return Values

A file descriptor or FALSE on error.


Example #1 Opening a file descriptor


dio_open('/dev/ttyS0'O_RDWR O_NOCTTY O_NONBLOCK);


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