Tries to read count bytes from the stream into the buffer starting at buffer. Will block during this read.

If count is zero returns zero and does nothing. A value of count larger than G_MAXSSIZE will cause a G_IO_ERROR_INVALID_ARGUMENT error.

On success, the number of bytes read into the buffer is returned. It is not an error if this is not the same as the requested size, as it can happen e.g. near the end of a file. Zero is returned on end of file (or if count is zero), but never otherwise.

The returned buffer is not a nul-terminated string, it can contain nul bytes at any position, and this function doesn't nul-terminate the buffer.

If cancellable is not NULL, then the operation can be cancelled by triggering the cancellable object from another thread. If the operation was cancelled, the error G_IO_ERROR_CANCELLED will be returned. If an operation was partially finished when the operation was cancelled the partial result will be returned, without an error.

On error -1 is returned and error is set accordingly.

class InputStream


buffer ubyte[]

a buffer to read data into (which should be at least count bytes long).

cancellable Cancellable

optional gio.Cancellable object, NULL to ignore.

Return Value

Type: ptrdiff_t

Number of bytes read, or -1 on error, or 0 on end of file.


GException on failure.