Reads and writes from the parallel device may terminate early if an error occurs or if an end-of-file is sensed. For example, if a break is detected on the line, any current read request will be returned with the error ParErr_DetectedBreak. The count of characters read to that point will be in the io_Actual field of the request. You can specify a set of possible end-of-file characters that the parallel device is to look for in the input or output stream using the PDCMD_SETPARAMS command. These are contained in an io_PTermArray that you provide. io_PTermArray is used only when the PARF_EOFMODE flag is selected (see Parallel Flags below). If EOF mode is selected, each input data character read into or written from the user's data block is compared against those in io_PTermArray. If a match is found, the IOExtPar is terminated as complete, and the count of characters transferred (including the termination character) is stored in io_Actual. To keep this search overhead as efficient as possible, the parallel device requires that the array of characters be in descending order. The array has eight bytes and all must be valid (that is, do not pad with zeros unless zero is a valid EOF character). Fill to the end of the array with the lowest value termination character. When making an arbitrary choice of EOF character(s), you will get the quickest response from the lowest value(s) available. Terminate_Parallel.c The read will terminate before the io_Length number of characters is read if a "Q", "E", or "A" is detected. It's Usually For Output. ------------------------ Most applications for the parallel device use the device for output, hence the termination feature is usually done on the output stream.