SEEK(II) 3/15/72 SEEK(II) NAME seek - move read/write pointer SYNOPSIS (seek = 19.) (file descriptor in r0) sys seek; offset; ptrname seek(fildes, offset, ptrname) DESCRIPTION The file descriptor refers to a file open for reading or writing. The read (resp. write) pointer for the file is set as follows: if ptrname is 0, the pointer is set to offset. if ptrname is 1, the pointer is set to its current location plus offset. if ptrname is 2, the pointer is set to the size of the file plus offset. if ptrname is 3, 4 or 5, the meaning is as above for 0, 1 and 2 except that the offset is multiplied by 512. If ptrname is 0 or 3, offset is unsigned, otherwise it is signed. SEE ALSO open(II), creat(II) DIAGNOSTICS The error bit (c-bit) is set for an undefined file descriptor. From C, a -1 return indicates an error.