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Problems getting open() to fail!

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I'm trying to get open() to return immediately (preferrably with a
predictable error code, e.g. -1) if it can't open the given file

The file is actually a sound device, /dev/dsp, on a linux box. At the
moment, if it can't open it then it just sits and waits in the
background until it can, whereas I would like it to just fail (as then
it can carry on with the other stuff without audio, or else stop

I've tried using O_NONBLOCK (on both read and write only modes) but
that seems to have no effect whatsoever. I don't know anything about
the device, whether it's FIFO etc., and have completely run out of

Surely what I want to do must be possible - does anyone have any ideas
as to how?! (It could be a test using something else before calling
open() even).

Many thanks,


N.B. testing to see if the file exists doesn't help as /dev/dsp is
always there so it fails all the time - which I don't want! Also
testing whether it's in use is equally unhelpful.
Jul 19 '05 #1
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