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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 26, 2016

openpty and forkpty

APIs openpty and forkpty are not available on IBM i. There are a number of Node.js projects(n1) that require those APIs because pty.js(n2) is built on it.

n1 -
n2 -

It has been documented(n3) that pty.h isn't available on AIX. The closest thing I've found to supporting openpty and forkpty is's port of

n3 -

I am guessing that these APIs will become more important the more SSH things get implemented on IBM i/PASE. That's not to say they aren't needed now, because it is definitely holding back installation of some Node.js modules.

Use Case:

The specific scenarios I've run into this is for browser based development tools like ssh terminals and IDEs.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Apr 11, 2017

    .Delivered as part of the libutil open source project, which is located here:

  • Guest
    Sep 30, 2016

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - PASE, Open Source
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - ISV (Independent Software Vendor)

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - PASE, Open Source
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Other

  • Guest
    Sep 1, 2016

    >If possible, please provide a list of items for which this has been a blocker. I am aware of PhantomJS. Do you know other specific examples?

    From the original post I included reference to pty.js ( That is used by many browser-based IDEs for the ssh terminal portion. For example, xterm.js( uses pty.js and is the shell for

    Let me know if you need more references.

  • Guest
    Aug 30, 2016

    If possible, please provide a list of items for which this has been a blocker. I am aware of PhantomJS. Do you know other specific examples? Thank you!

  • Guest
    Aug 27, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #93644 in product IBM i.