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27.10.1.3 The rw_random flag

Special treatment is required for ports which can be seeked at random. Before various operations, such as seeking the port or changing from input to output on a bidirectional port or vice versa, the port implementation must be given a chance to update its state. The write buffer is updated by calling the flush ptob procedure and the input buffer is updated by calling the end_input ptob procedure. In the case of an fport, flush causes buffered output to be written to the file descriptor, while end_input causes the descriptor position to be adjusted to account for buffered input which was never read.

The special treatment must be performed if the rw_random flag in the port is non-zero.


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