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kbhit() and getch() in FreeBSD

Posted on 1997-06-04
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CAn you give me an example how to simulate kbhit() and
getch() in unix (FreeBSD). I've tried library called CURSED,
but I still couldn't find how to do kbhit().
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Things are a bit more complicated in Unix: you have to
set your terminal to 'raw' mode and reset the 'echo'
flag, i.e. no line buffered input, no character translation
(backspace etc) and no echo of the keytpress. Here's
an example:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <sys/ioctl.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <fcntl.h>

int raw_key()
{
struct sgttyb tty, tty_org;
char           key;
int            retval;

/* get current terminal setting and save it */

ioctl(fileno(stdin), TIOCGETP, &tty_org);
tty = tty_org;

/* set terminal to raw mode ... */
tty.sg_flags |= CRMOD;
tty.sg_flags &= ~ECHO;
tty.sg_flags &= ~XTABS;

/* tty.sg_flags |= CBREAK; */
tty.sg_flags |= RAW;
ioctl(0, TIOCSETP, &tty);
fcntl(0, F_SETFL, O_NDELAY);

/* read a keystroke if one's available */
if ((retval= read(0, &key, 1)) == 1)
        retval= key;

/* reset terminal characteristics */
ioctl(fileno(stdin), TIOCSETP, &tty_org);
fcntl(0, F_SETFL, fcntl(0, F_GETFL, 0)&~O_NDELAY);

return retval;
}

kind regards,

Jos aka jos@and.nl
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