Global error variable


#include <errno.h>

extern int errno;

char * const sys_errlist[];
int sys_nerr;



Use the -l c option to qcc to link against this library. This library is usually included automatically.


The errno variable is set to certain error values by many functions whenever an error has occurred. This variable may be implemented as a macro, but you can always examine or set it as if it were a simple integer variable.

  • You can't assume that the value of errno is valid unless the function that you've called indicates that an error has occurred. The runtime library never resets errno to 0.
  • The documentation for a function might list special meanings for certain values of errno, but this doesn't mean that these are necessarily the only values that the function might set.
  • Each thread in a multi-threaded program has its own error value in its thread local storage. No matter which thread you're in, you can simply refer to errno — it's defined in such a way that it refers to the correct variable for the thread. For more information, see "Local storage for private data" in the documentation for ThreadCreate().

The following variables are also defined in <errno.h>:

An array of error messages corresponding to errno.
The number of entries in the sys_errlist array.

The values for errno include at least the following. Some are defined by POSIX, and some are additional values.

Name Value Meaning POSIX?
E2BIG 7 Argument list is too long Yes
EACCES 13 Permission denied Yes
EADDRINUSE 248 Address is already in use Yes
EADDRNOTAVAIL 249 Can't assign requested address Yes
EADV 68 Advertise error No
EAFNOSUPPORT 247 Address family isn't supported by protocol family Yes
EAGAIN 11 (same as EWOULDBLOCK) Resource is temporarily unavailable; try again Yes
EALREADY See "Changes to EALREADY," below Operation is already in progress Yes
EBADE 50 Invalid exchange No
EBADF 9 Bad file descriptor Yes
EBADFD 81 FD is invalid for this operation No
EBADFSYS 302 Corrupted filesystem detected No
EBADMSG 77 Bad message Yes
EBADR 51 Invalid request descriptor No
EBADRPC 272 RPC struct is bad No
EBADRQC 54 Invalid request code No
EBADSLT 55 Invalid slot No
EBFONT 57 Bad font-file format No
EBUSY 16 Device or resource is busy Yes
ECANCELED 47 Operation canceled Yes
ECHILD 10 No child processes Yes
ECHRNG 37 Channel number is out of range No
ECOMM 70 Communication error occurred on send No
ECONNABORTED 253 Software caused connection to abort Yes
ECONNREFUSED 261 Connection refused Yes
ECONNRESET 254 Connection reset by peer Yes
ECTRLTERM 310 Remap to the controlling terminal No
EDEADLK 45 Resource deadlock avoided Yes
EDEADLOCK 56 File locking deadlock No
EDESTADDRREQ 239 Destination address is required Yes
EDOM 33 Math argument is out of domain for the function Yes
EDQUOT 49 Disk quota exceeded Yes
EENDIAN 313 Endian not supported No
EEXIST 17 File exists Yes
EFAULT 14 Bad address Yes
EFBIG 27 File is too large Yes
EFPOS 110 File positioning error No
EHOSTDOWN 264 Host is down No
EHOSTUNREACH 265 Unable to communicate with remote node Yes
EIDRM 36 Identifier removed Yes
EILSEQ 88 Illegal byte sequence Yes
EINPROGRESS 236 Operation now in progress Yes
EINTR 4 Interrupted function call Yes
EINVAL 22 Invalid argument Yes
EIO 5 I/O error Yes
EISCONN 256 Socket is already connected Yes
EISDIR 21 Is a directory Yes
EL2HLT 44 Level 2 halted No
EL2NSYNC 38 Level 2 not synchronized No
EL3HLT 39 Level 3 halted No
EL3RST 40 Level 3 reset No
ELIBACC 83 Can't access shared library No
ELIBBAD 84 Accessing a corrupted shared library No
ELIBEXEC 87 Attempting to exec a shared library No
ELIBMAX 86 Attempting to link in too many libraries No
ELIBSCN 85 The .lib section in a.out is corrupted No
ELNRNG 41 Link number is out of range No
ELOOP 90 Too many levels of symbolic links or prefixes Yes
EMFILE 24 Too many open files Yes
EMLINK 31 Too many links Yes
EMORE 309 More to do, send message again No
EMSGSIZE 240 Inappropriate message buffer length Yes
EMULTIHOP 74 Multihop attempted Yes
ENAMETOOLONG 78 Filename is too long Yes
ENETDOWN 250 Network is down Yes
ENETRESET 252 Network dropped connection on reset Yes
ENETUNREACH 251 Network is unreachable Yes
ENFILE 23 Too many open files in the system Yes
ENOANO 53 No anode No
ENOBUFS 255 No buffer space available Yes
ENOCSI 43 No CSI structure available No
ENODATA 61 No data (for no-delay I/O) Yes
ENODEV 19 No such device Yes
ENOENT 2 No such file or directory Yes
ENOEXEC 8 Exec format error Yes
ENOLCK 46 No locks available Yes
ENOLIC 311 No license available No
ENOLINK 67 The link has been severed Yes
ENOMEM 12 Not enough memory Yes
ENOMSG 35 No message of desired type Yes
ENONDP 301 Need an NDP (8087...) to run No
ENONET 64 Machine isn't on the network No
ENOPKG 65 Package isn't installed No
ENOPROTOOPT 242 Protocol isn't available Yes
ENOREMOTE 300 Must be done on local machine No
ENOSPC 28 No space left on device Yes
ENOSR 63 Out of streams resources Yes
ENOSTR 60 Device isn't a stream Yes
ENOSYS 89 Function isn't implemented Yes
ENOTBLK 15 A block device is required No
ENOTCONN 257 Socket isn't connected Yes
ENOTDIR 20 Not a directory Yes
ENOTEMPTY 93 Directory isn't empty Yes
ENOTSOCK 238 Socket operation on nonsocket Yes
ENOTSUP 48 Not supported Yes
ENOTTY 25 Inappropriate I/O control operation Yes
ENOTUNIQ 80 Given name isn't unique No
ENXIO 6 No such device or address Yes
EOK 0 No error No
EOPNOTSUPP 103 Operation isn't supported Yes
EOVERFLOW 79 Value too large to be stored in data type Yes
EOWNERDEAD 58 The owner of a lock died while holding it No
EPERM 1 Operation isn't permitted Yes
EPFNOSUPPORT 246 Protocol family isn't supported No
EPIPE 32 Broken pipe Yes
EPROCUNAVAIL 276 Bad procedure for program No
EPROGMISMATCH 275 Program version wrong No
EPROGUNAVAIL 274 RPC program isn't available No
EPROTO 71 Protocol error Yes
EPROTONOSUPPORT 243 Protocol isn't supported Yes
EPROTOTYPE 241 Protocol is wrong type for socket Yes
ERANGE 34 Result is too large Yes
EREMCHG 82 Remote address changed No
EREMOTE 66 The object is remote No
ERESTART 91 Restartable system call No
EROFS 30 Read-only filesystem Yes
ERPCMISMATCH 273 RPC version is wrong No
ESHUTDOWN 258 Can't send after socket shutdown No
ESOCKTNOSUPPORT 244 Socket type isn't supported No
ESPIPE 29 Illegal seek Yes
ESRCH 3 No such process Yes
ESRMNT 69 Server mount error No
ESRVRFAULT 312 The receive side of a message transfer encountered a memory fault accessing the receive/reply buffer. No
ESTALE 122 Potentially recoverable I/O error Yes
ESTRPIPE 92 If pipe/FIFO, don't sleep in stream head No
ETIME 62 Timer expired Yes
ETIMEDOUT 260 Connection timed out Yes
ETOOMANYREFS 259 Too many references: can't splice No
ETXTBSY 26 Text file is busy Yes
EUNATCH 42 Protocol driver isn't attached No
EUSERS 94 Too many users (for UFS) No
EWOULDBLOCK 11 (same as EAGAIN) Operation would block Yes
EXDEV 18 Cross-device link Yes
EXFULL 52 Exchange full No

Changes to EALREADY

POSIX requires that the error numbers in <errno.h> have unique values. In order to satisfy this requirement, we've changed EALREADY so that it no longer has the same value as EBUSY.

This change could cause incompatibility problems in code that's been compiled with the old value of EALREADY. In order to allow applications to safely make the transition to the new value, we've modified <errno.h> to define a number of new symbolic values:

The old value (16).
The new value (237).
A value that you can configure at runtime. This is a variable in libc that's set to either the old or new value, based on a system-wide configuration parameter.
Note: In QNX Neutrino 6.4.0, EALREADY was defined as EALREADY_OLD; in QNX Neutrino 6.6.0, it's defined as EALREADY_NEW.

In order to support a safe transition to the new value, you should modify your code as follows:

You can use the -e option to procnto to specify the value of EALREADY_DYNAMIC:

Use the old value, which is the same as that of EBUSY.
Use the POSIX-compliant value.


 *  The following program makes an illegal call
 *  to the write() function, then prints the
 *  value held in errno.
#include <stdio.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <errno.h>
#include <string.h>

int main( void )
    int errvalue;

    errno = EOK;
    write( -1, "hello, world\n",
           strlen( "hello, world\n" ) );
    errvalue = errno;
    printf( "The error generated was %d\n", errvalue );
    printf( "That means: %s\n", strerror( errvalue ) );


ANSI, POSIX 1003.1