CFGETISPEED(3P) POSIX Programmer's Manual CFGETISPEED(3P)PROLOG
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NAMEcfgetispeed - get input baud rate
speed_t cfgetispeed(const struct termios *termios_p);
The cfgetispeed() function shall extract the input baud rate from the
termios structure to which the termios_p argument points.
This function shall return exactly the value in the termios data struc‐
ture, without interpretation.
Upon successful completion, cfgetispeed() shall return a value of type
speed_t representing the input baud rate.
No errors are defined.
The following sections are informative.
The term "baud" is used historically here, but is not technically cor‐
rect. This is properly "bits per second", which may not be the same as
baud. However, the term is used because of the historical usage and
The cfgetospeed(), cfgetispeed(), cfsetospeed(), and cfsetispeed()
functions do not take arguments as numbers, but rather as symbolic
names. There are two reasons for this:
1. Historically, numbers were not used because of the way the rate was
stored in the data structure. This is retained even though a func‐
tion is now used.
2. More importantly, only a limited set of possible rates is at all
portable, and this constrains the application to that set.
There is nothing to prevent an implementation accepting as an extension
a number (such as 126), and since the encoding of the Bxxx symbols is
not specified, this can be done to avoid introducing ambiguity.
Setting the input baud rate to zero was a mechanism to allow for split
baud rates. Clarifications in this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 have
made it possible to determine whether split rates are supported and to
support them without having to treat zero as a special case. Since this
functionality is also confusing, it has been declared obsolescent. The
0 argument referred to is the literal constant 0, not the symbolic con‐
stant B0. This volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 does not preclude B0 from
being defined as the value 0; in fact, implementations would likely
benefit from the two being equivalent. This volume of
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 does not fully specify whether the previous
cfsetispeed() value is retained after a tcgetattr() as the actual value
or as zero. Therefore, conforming applications should always set both
the input speed and output speed when setting either.
In historical implementations, the baud rate information is tradition‐
ally kept in c_cflag. Applications should be written to presume that
this might be the case (and thus not blindly copy c_cflag), but not to
rely on it in case it is in some other field of the structure. Setting
the c_cflag field absolutely after setting a baud rate is a non-porta‐
ble action because of this. In general, the unused parts of the flag
fields might be used by the implementation and should not be blindly
copied from the descriptions of one terminal device to another.
SEE ALSOcfgetospeed(), cfsetispeed(), cfsetospeed(), tcgetattr(), the Base Def‐
initions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Chapter 11, General Terminal
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from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology
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