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fchownat - change ownership of a file relative to a directory file descriptor
#include <fcntl.h> /* Definition of AT_* constants */
int fchownat(int dirfd, const char *pathname,
uid_t owner, gid_t group, int flags);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see
- Since glibc 2.10:
_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 700 || _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200809L
- Before glibc 2.10:
system call operates in exactly the same way as
except for the differences described in this manual page.
If the pathname given in
is relative, then it is interpreted relative to the directory
referred to by the file descriptor
(rather than relative to the current working directory of
the calling process, as is done by
for a relative pathname).
is relative and
is the special value
is interpreted relative to the current working
directory of the calling process (like
is absolute, then
argument is a bit mask created by ORing together
0 or more of the following values;
- AT_EMPTY_PATH (since Linux 2.6.39)
is an empty string, operate on the file referred to by
(which may have been obtained using the
In this case,
can refer to any type of file, not just a directory.
is a symbolic link, do not dereference it:
instead operate on the link itself, like
dereferences symbolic links, like
On error, -1 is returned and
is set to indicate the error.
The same errors that occur for
can also occur for
The following additional errors can occur for
is not a valid file descriptor.
Invalid flag specified in
is relative and
is a file descriptor referring to a file other than a directory.
was added to Linux in kernel 2.6.16;
library support was added to glibc in version 2.4.
A similar system call exists on Solaris.
for an explanation of the need for
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Time: 07:26:13 GMT, January 16, 2018