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--- test for a terminal device
int isatty(int fildes);
function shall test whether
an open file descriptor, is associated with a terminal device.
function shall return 1 if
is associated with a terminal; otherwise, it shall return 0 and may set
to indicate the error.
function may fail if:
argument is not a valid open file descriptor.
The file associated with the
argument is not a terminal.
The following sections are informative.
function does not necessarily indicate that a human being is available
for interaction via
It is quite possible that non-terminal devices are connected to the
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