Linux man pages : write (2)
WRITE(2) Linux Programmer's Manual WRITE(2)
write - write to a file descriptor
ssize_t write(int fd, const void *buf, size_t count);
write writes up to count bytes to the file referenced by the file
descriptor fd from the buffer starting at buf. POSIX requires that a
read() which can be proved to occur after a write() has returned
returns the new data. Note that not all file systems are POSIX con-
On success, the number of bytes written are returned (zero indicates
nothing was written). On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set
appropriately. If count is zero and the file descriptor refers to a
regular file, 0 will be returned without causing any other effect. For
a special file, the results are not portable.
EBADF fd is not a valid file descriptor or is not open for writing.
EINVAL fd is attached to an object which is unsuitable for writing.
EFAULT buf is outside your accessible address space.
EFBIG An attempt was made to write a file that exceeds the implementa-
tion-defined maximum file size or the process' file size limit,
or to write at a position past than the maximum allowed offset.
EPIPE fd is connected to a pipe or socket whose reading end is closed.
When this happens the writing process will also receive a SIG-
PIPE signal. (Thus, the write return value is seen only if the
program catches, blocks or ignores this signal.)
EAGAIN Non-blocking I/O has been selected using O_NONBLOCK and the
write would block.
EINTR The call was interrupted by a signal before any data was writ-
ENOSPC The device containing the file referred to by fd has no room for
EIO A low-level I/O error occurred while modifying the inode.
Other errors may occur, depending on the object connected to fd.
SVr4, SVID, POSIX, X/OPEN, 4.3BSD. SVr4 documents additional error
conditions EDEADLK, ENOLCK, ENOLNK, ENOSR, ENXIO, or ERANGE. Under
SVr4 a write may be interrupted and return EINTR at any point, not just
before any data is written.
A successful return from write does not make any guarantee that data
has been committed to disk. In fact, on some buggy implementations, it
does not even guarantee that space has successfully been reserved for
the data. The only way to be sure is to call fsync(2) after you are
done writing all your data.
close(2), fcntl(2), fsync(2), ioctl(2), lseek(2), open(2), read(2),
select(2), fwrite(3), writev(3)
Linux 2.0.32 2001-12-13 WRITE(2)