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NAMEchroot - change root directory
DESCRIPTIONchroot() changes the root directory of the calling process to that specified in path. This directory will be used for pathnames beginning with /. The root directory is inherited by all children of the calling process.
Only a privileged process (Linux: one with the CAP_SYS_CHROOT capability) may call chroot().
This call changes an ingredient in the pathname resolution process and does nothing else.
This call does not change the current working directory, so that after the call '.' can be outside the tree rooted at '/'. In particular, the superuser can escape from a "chroot jail" by doing:
mkdir foo; chroot foo; cd ..
RETURN VALUEOn success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
ERRORSDepending on the file system, other errors can be returned. The more general errors are listed below:
- Search permission is denied on a component of the path prefix. (See also path_resolution(7).)
- path points outside your accessible address space.
- An I/O error occurred.
- Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving path.
- path is too long.
- The file does not exist.
- Insufficient kernel memory was available.
- A component of path is not a directory.
- The caller has insufficient privilege.
CONFORMING TOSVr4, 4.4BSD, SUSv2 (marked LEGACY). This function is not part of POSIX.1-2001.
NOTESA child process created via fork(2) inherits its parent's root directory. The root directory is left unchanged by execve(2).
SEE ALSOchdir(2), path_resolution(7)
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