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CLOSE(2)		   Linux Programmers Manual		     CLOSE(2)

       close - close a file descriptor


       int close(int fd);

       close()	closes	a  file descriptor, so that it no longer refers to any
       file and may be reused.	Any record locks (see fcntl(2))  held  on  the
       file  it  was  associated  with,  and owned by the process, are removed
       (regardless of the file descriptor that was used to obtain the lock).

       If fd is the last file descriptor referring to the underlying open file
       description  (see open(2)), the resources associated with the open file
       description are freed; if the descriptor was the last  reference  to  a
       file which has been removed using unlink(2) the file is deleted.

       close()	returns  zero on success.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno
       is set appropriately.

       EBADF  fd isnt a valid open file descriptor.

       EINTR  The close() call was interrupted by a signal; see signal(7).

       EIO    An I/O error occurred.

       SVr4, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.

       Not checking the return value of close() is a common  but  nevertheless
       serious	programming error.  It is quite possible that errors on a pre
       vious write(2) operation are first reported at the final close().   Not
       checking the return value when closing the file may lead to silent loss
       of data.  This can especially be observed with NFS and with disk quota.

       A  successful  close does not guarantee that the data has been success
       fully saved to disk, as the kernel defers writes.  It is not common for
       a  file	system to flush the buffers when the stream is closed.	If you
       need to be sure that the data is physically stored use  fsync(2).   (It
       will depend on the disk hardware at this point.)

       It  is  probably  unwise to close file descriptors while they may be in
       use by system calls in other threads in the same process.  Since a file
       descriptor  may be re-used, there are some obscure race conditions that
       may cause unintended side effects.

       fcntl(2), fsync(2), open(2), shutdown(2), unlink(2), fclose(3)

       This page is part of release 3.05 of the Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux				  2007-12-28			      CLOSE(2)

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