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Libptytty is a small library that offers pseudo-tty management in an OS-independent way. It was created out of frustration over the many differences of pty/tty handling in different operating systems for the use inside "rxvt-unicode".

In addition to offering mere pty/tty management, it also offers session database support (utmp and optional wtmp/lastlog updates for login shells).

It also supports fork'ing after startup and dropping privileges in the calling process, so in case the calling process gets compromised by the user starting the program there is less to gain, as only the helper process runs with privileges (e.g. setuid/setgid), which reduces the area of attack immensely.

Libptytty is written in C++, but it also offers a C-only API.

The library is available as 32-bit and 64-bit:

  • If you are compiling a 32-bit program, no special compiler options are needed.
  • If you are compiling a 64-bit program, you have to compile and link your application with "cc -q64" or "gcc -maix64".


Version: 1.6-1



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  • none

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