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READLINKAT(2)              Linux Programmer's Manual             READLINKAT(2)



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

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

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

DESCRIPTION
       The readlinkat() system call operates in exactly the same way as  read-
       link(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 read-
       linkat().  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
       This  system  call  is  non-standard but is proposed for inclusion in a
       future revision of POSIX.1.

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 3.05 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                             2006-07-21                     READLINKAT(2)