Thread: How to flush a named pipe (FIFO) after reading from it?

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    How to flush a named pipe (FIFO) after reading from it?

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <limits.h>
    #include <sys/types.h>
    #include <sys/stat.h>
    #include <fcntl.h>
    #include <unistd.h>
    int main() {
      int i = open("test",O_RDONLY);
      char* msg = malloc(PIPE_BUF*sizeof(char));
      while(1) {
      return 0;
    I build this small program on Ubuntu Linux and successfully compiled it with gcc and executed it. However, if I execute the following command:
    echo "This is a sample test" > test
    the program keeps printing "This is a sample test" indefinitely. But what I want is to change the program so that it blocks each time it reads, until a new message arrives.

    How do I do it? Thank you in advance.

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    You could always try checking the return value of read. Then do something appropriate.

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