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Fcntl loads the constants defined in the system's <fcntl.h> C header file, and used with both the fcntl(2) and open(2) POSIX system calls.

  • To perform a fcntl(2) operation, use IO::fcntl.
  • To perform an open(2) operation, use IO::sysopen.

The set of operations and constants available depends upon specific operating system. Some values listed below may not be supported on your system.

See your fcntl(2) man page for complete details.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'fcntl'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install fcntl


Open /tmp/tempfile as a write-only file that is created if it doesn't exist:

require 'fcntl'

fd = IO.sysopen('/tmp/tempfile',
                Fcntl::O_WRONLY | Fcntl::O_EXCL | Fcntl::O_CREAT)
f =
f.syswrite("TEMP DATA")

Get the flags on file s:

m = s.fcntl(Fcntl::F_GETFL, 0)

Set the non-blocking flag on f in addition to the existing flags in m.

f.fcntl(Fcntl::F_SETFL, Fcntl::O_NONBLOCK|m)


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake test to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the 2-Clause BSD License.