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the sourcecode I wrote was just an example (sorry)
The fifo is created correctly
return-values are:
  mkfifo 0
  open   the fd of the fifo
  read   -1
  write  -1
Furthermore my example code generates a deadlock - it should be:
  fd=open("./FIFO",WRONLY|O_NONBLOCK) or "/tmp/FIFO" or whatever
the problem is not the open(...) - except that it returns even if it should
be blocked (NO O_NONBLOCK) -  the trouble lies in the read(...) and
write(...) functions, which return with value -1. (an unknown errno is set)

but thanks for the fast answer ..

   From: johan.adolfsson@xxxxxxx.com
   To: "Justin Flik" <justin_flik@xxxxxxx.com>
   Subject: Re: FIFO
   Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 14:00:55 +0100

   Without having tested it, it looks like you should check the return 
   from mkfifo, open etc. to detect and print ny errors.
   The root is read only so depending on where you run your program from
   "./FIFO" might not be created, try "/tmp/FIFO" instead.


   -----Original Message-----
   From: Justin Flik <justin_flik@xxxxxxx.com>
   To: dev-etrax@xxxxxxx.com>
   Date: den 25 november 2000 22:19
   Subject: FIFO

   >Hi there!
   >I just writing a program in C++ at elinux. I need to communicate between
   >processes and like to use FIFOs. The trouble is, that I get errors if I
   >to read or write on it. (The same code is running on my PC with no
   >Furthermore it seems that elinux ignores the blocking mechanism - this
   >it returns the open-function even if it should not! open("FIFO",RDONLY)
   >the same effect than open("FIFO",RDONLY|O_NONBLOCK) !? where noone else
   >opens the same FIFO in write-mode.
   >Could it be that FIFOs aren't implemented correctly in elinux yet? Or 
   >do something wrong in my code:
   >process ONE:
   > mkfifo("./FIFO",S_IRUSR|S_IWUSR);
   > fd=open("./FIFO",RDONLY); // should be wait till process
   > read(fd,&ch,1);   // TWO opens FIFO to write
   > close(fd);
   >process TWO:
   > fd=open("./FIFO",WRONLY);
   > write(fd,"hello world",12);
   > close(fd);
   >hope you can help me
   >thanks in advance
   > JF
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