Creates and manages pseudo terminals (PTYs). See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudo_terminal
PTY allows you to allocate new terminals using ::open or ::spawn a new terminal with a specific command.
In this example we will change the buffering type in the
command, assuming that factor uses stdio for stdout buffering.
If IO.pipe is used instead of PTY.open, this code deadlocks because factor’s stdout is fully buffered.
# start by requiring the standard library PTY require 'pty' master, slave = PTY.open read, write = IO.pipe pid = spawn("factor", :in=>read, :out=>slave) read.close # we dont need the read slave.close # or the slave # pipe "42" to the factor command write.puts "42" # output the response from factor p master.gets #=> "42: 2 3 7\n" # pipe "144" to factor and print out the response write.puts "144" p master.gets #=> "144: 2 2 2 2 3 3\n" write.close # close the pipe # The result of read operation when pty slave is closed is platform # dependent. ret = begin master.gets # FreeBSD returns nil. rescue Errno::EIO # GNU/Linux raises EIO. nil end p ret #=> nil