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`tmpnam', `tempnam'--name for a temporary file
char *tmpnam(char *S);
char *tempnam(char *DIR, char *PFX);
char *_tmpnam_r(void *REENT, char *S);
char *_tempnam_r(void *REENT, char *DIR, char *PFX);
Use either of these functions to generate a name for a temporary file.
The generated name is guaranteed to avoid collision with other files
(for up to `TMP_MAX' calls of either function).
`tmpnam' generates file names with the value of `P_tmpdir' (defined
in ``stdio.h'') as the leading directory component of the path.
You can use the `tmpnam' argument S to specify a suitable area of
memory for the generated filename; otherwise, you can call
`tmpnam(NULL)' to use an internal static buffer.
`tempnam' allows you more control over the generated filename: you
can use the argument DIR to specify the path to a directory for
temporary files, and you can use the argument PFX to specify a prefix
for the base filename.
If DIR is `NULL', `tempnam' will attempt to use the value of
environment variable `TMPDIR' instead; if there is no such value,
`tempnam' uses the value of `P_tmpdir' (defined in ``stdio.h'').
If you don't need any particular prefix to the basename of temporary
files, you can pass `NULL' as the PFX argument to `tempnam'.
`_tmpnam_r' and `_tempnam_r' are reentrant versions of `tmpnam' and
`tempnam' respectively. The extra argument REENT is a pointer to a
The generated filenames are suitable for temporary files, but do not in
themselves make files temporary. Files with these names must still be
explicitly removed when you no longer want them.
If you supply your own data area S for `tmpnam', you must ensure
that it has room for at least `L_tmpnam' elements of type `char'.
Both `tmpnam' and `tempnam' return a pointer to the newly generated
ANSI C requires `tmpnam', but does not specify the use of `P_tmpdir'.
The System V Interface Definition (Issue 2) requires both `tmpnam' and
Supporting OS subroutines required: `close', `fstat', `getpid',
`isatty', `lseek', `open', `read', `sbrk', `write'.
The global pointer `environ' is also required.
Created Mon Nov 8 17:42:54 2004 on tillpc with info_to_html version 0.9.6.