FACCESSAT(2) Linux Programmer s Manual FACCESSAT(2)

NAME faccessat - check users permissions of a file relative to a directory file descriptor

SYNOPSIS #define _ATFILE_SOURCE #include <fcntl.h> /* Definition of AT_* constants */ #include <unistd.h>

int faccessat(int dirfd, const char *pathname, int mode, int flags);

DESCRIPTION The faccessat() system call operates in exactly the same way as access(2), except for the differences described in this manual page.

If the pathname given in pathname is relative, then it is interpreted relative to the directory referred to by the file descriptor dirfd (rather than relative to the current working directory of the calling process, as is done by access(2) for a relative pathname).

If pathname is relative and dirfd is the special value AT_FDCWD, then pathname is interpreted relative to the current working directory of the calling process (like access(2)).

If pathname is absolute, then dirfd is ignored.

flags is constructed by ORing together zero or more of the following values:

AT_EACCESS Perform access checks using the effective user and group IDs. By default, faccessat() uses the real IDs (like access(2)).

AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW If pathname is a symbolic link, do not dereference it: instead return information about the link itself.

RETURN VALUE On success, (all requested permissions granted) faccessat() returns 0. On error, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS The same errors that occur for access(2) can also occur for facces- sat(). The following additional errors can occur for faccessat():

EBADF dirfd is not a valid file descriptor.

EINVAL Invalid flag specified in flags.

ENOTDIR pathname is relative and dirfd is a file descriptor referring to a file other than a directory.

VERSIONS faccessat() was added to Linux in kernel 2.6.16.


NOTES See openat(2) for an explanation of the need for faccessat().

Glibc Notes The AT_EACCESS and AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW flags are actually implemented within the glibc wrapper function for faccessat(). If either of these flags are specified, then the wrapper function employs fstatat(2) to determine access permissions.

SEE ALSO access(2), openat(2), euidaccess(3), credentials(7), path_resolu- tion(7), symlink(7)

COLOPHON This page is part of release 3.22 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux 2008-08-21 FACCESSAT(2)