fread(3)



FREAD(3)                   Linux Programmer's Manual                  FREAD(3)

NAME
       fread, fwrite - binary stream input/output

SYNOPSIS
       #include <stdio.h>

       size_t fread(void *ptr, size_t size, size_t nmemb, FILE *stream);

       size_t fwrite(const void *ptr, size_t size, size_t nmemb,
                     FILE *stream);

DESCRIPTION
       The  function  fread() reads nmemb items of data, each size bytes long,
       from the stream pointed to by stream,  storing  them  at  the  location
       given by ptr.

       The function fwrite() writes nmemb items of data, each size bytes long,
       to the stream pointed to by stream, obtaining them  from  the  location
       given by ptr.

       For nonlocking counterparts, see unlocked_stdio(3).

RETURN VALUE
       On  success,  fread()  and  fwrite() return the number of items read or
       written.  This number equals the number of bytes transferred only  when
       size  is 1.  If an error occurs, or the end of the file is reached, the
       return value is a short item count (or zero).

       fread() does not distinguish between end-of-file and error, and callers
       must use feof(3) and ferror(3) to determine which occurred.

ATTRIBUTES
       For   an   explanation   of   the  terms  used  in  this  section,  see
       attributes(7).

       +------------------+---------------+---------+
       |Interface         | Attribute     | Value   |
       +------------------+---------------+---------+
       |fread(), fwrite() | Thread safety | MT-Safe |
       +------------------+---------------+---------+
CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, C89.

SEE ALSO
       read(2), write(2), feof(3), ferror(3), unlocked_stdio(3)

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