iopl changes the I/O privilege level of the current process, as specified in level.
This call is necessary to allow 8514-compatible X servers to run under Linux. Since these X servers require access to all 65536 I/O ports, the ioperm call is not sufficient.
In addition to granting unrestricted I/O port access, running at a higher I/O privilege level also allows the process to disable interrupts. This will probably crash the system, and is not recommended.
Permissions are inherited by fork and exec.
The I/O privilege level for a normal process is 0.
This call is mostly for the i386 architecture. On many other architectures it does not exist or will always return an error.
On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.