C program for pipe in Linux

Working and implementation of Pipe in Linux.

Prerequisite : Pipe in Linux

Approach : Pipe is highly used in Linux. Basically, pipe has 2 parts, one part is for writing and another is used for reading. So, an array of size 2 is taken. a[1] is used for writing and a[0] for reading.After reading from pipe, program will show output on console.

[sourcecode language=”C”]
// C program to implement pipe in Linux
#include <errno.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <sys/wait.h>
#include <unistd.h>

int main()
// array of 2 size a[0] is for reading
// and a[1] is for writing over a pipe
int a[2];

// opening of pipe using pipe(a)
char buff[10];
if (pipe(a) == -1)
perror("pipe"); // error in pipe
exit(1); // exit from the program

// writing a string "code" in pipe
write(a[1], "code", 5);

// reading pipe now buff is equal to "code"
read(a[0], buff, 5);

// it will print "code"
printf("%s", buff);
Output :

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