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READLINKAT

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
Updated: 2008-08-21
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NAME

readlinkat - read value of a symbolic link relative to a directory file descriptor  

SYNOPSIS

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

int readlinkat(int dirfd, const char *pathname,
               char *buf, size_t bufsiz);
 

DESCRIPTION

The readlinkat() system call operates in exactly the same way as readlink(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 readlink(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 readlink(2)).

If pathname is absolute, then dirfd is ignored.  

RETURN VALUE

On success, readlinkat() returns the number of bytes placed in buf. On error, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.  

ERRORS

The same errors that occur for readlink(2) can also occur for readlinkat(). The following additional errors can occur for readlinkat():
EBADF
dirfd is not a valid file descriptor.
ENOTDIR
pathname is relative and dirfd is a file descriptor referring to a file other than a directory.
 

VERSIONS

readlinkat() was added to Linux in kernel 2.6.16.  

CONFORMING TO

POSIX.1-2008.  

NOTES

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

SEE ALSO

openat(2), readlink(2), path_resolution(7)  

COLOPHON

This page is part of release 3.21 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/.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
VERSIONS
CONFORMING TO
NOTES
SEE ALSO
COLOPHON

 

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