getpt() opens a pseudoterminal master always returns 0

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We use getpt () to open the pseudo terminal master. In one of our applications this always returns 0.

Strace traces also showed the same:

open("/dev/ptmx", O_RDWR)               = 0

Code snippet:

fd = getpt (); // open the pseudo terminal master

if (fd >= 0) { 
else {
   return "Could not get pseudo terminal";

On the live system we are going into the else part. Please let me know why the api is returning 0.


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