You may explicitly clear the error and EOF flags with the clearerr
— Function: void clearerr (FILE *stream)
This function clears the end-of-file and error indicators for the
The file positioning functions (see File Positioning) also clear the
end-of-file indicator for the stream.
— Function: void clearerr_unlocked (FILE *stream)
The clearerr_unlocked function is equivalent to the clearerr
function except that it does not implicitly lock the stream.
This function is a GNU extension.
Note that it is not correct to just clear the error flag and retry
a failed stream operation. After a failed write, any number of
characters since the last buffer flush may have been committed to the
file, while some buffered data may have been discarded. Merely retrying
can thus cause lost or repeated data.
A failed read may leave the file pointer in an inappropriate position for
a second try. In both cases, you should seek to a known position before
Most errors that can happen are not recoverable — a second try will
always fail again in the same way. So usually it is best to give up and
report the error to the user, rather than install complicated recovery
One important exception is EINTR (see Interrupted Primitives).
Many stream I/O implementations will treat it as an ordinary error, which
can be quite inconvenient. You can avoid this hassle by installing all
signals with the SA_RESTART flag.
For similar reasons, setting nonblocking I/O on a stream's file
descriptor is not usually advisable.
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