Function 3Fh (63)        Read from File or Device, Using a Handle

Read bytes from a file or device into a buffer.

On entry:      AH         3Fh
BX         File handle
CX         Number of bytes to read
DS:DX      Address of buffer

Returns:       AX         Number of bytes read, or
Error code, if CF is set

Error codes:   5          Access denied
6          Invalid handle

Call Function 59h for extended error code information
(DOS 3.0 and above).

Network:       Requires Read access rights


This function reads data from the file or device whose handle is in
BX. Data is read starting at the location pointed to by the file
pointer. The file pointer is incremented by the number of bytes read.

Notes:         If the Carry Flag is not set and AX = 0, the file
pointer was at the end of the file when the function
was called.

If the Carry Flag is not set and AX is less than the
number of bytes requested, either the function read
to the end of the file, or an error occurred.

You can read bytes from anywhere in the file by
calling function 42h to move to file poniter before
reading data.

If the keyboard device is specified, this function
reads either the specified number of bytes, or all
bytes up to the next carriage return, whichever is
less. (If the number of bytes specified is at least
two larger than the number of characters typed, the
carriage-return line-feed pair will be returned as
the last two bytes, and will count as two bytes.)

See also: 14h
See also: 21h
See also: 27h
See also: 42h
See also: 59h

3Fh (63) Read from File or Device, Using a Handle