removexattr(2) — Linux manual page


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

NAME         top

       removexattr, lremovexattr, fremovexattr - remove an extended

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <sys/xattr.h>

       int removexattr(const char *path, const char *name);
       int lremovexattr(const char *path, const char *name);
       int fremovexattr(int fd, const char *name);

DESCRIPTION         top

       Extended attributes are name:value pairs associated with inodes
       (files, directories, symbolic links, etc.).  They are extensions
       to the normal attributes which are associated with all inodes in
       the system (i.e., the stat(2) data).  A complete overview of
       extended attributes concepts can be found in xattr(7).

       removexattr() removes the extended attribute identified by name
       and associated with the given path in the filesystem.

       lremovexattr() is identical to removexattr(), except in the case
       of a symbolic link, where the extended attribute is removed from
       the link itself, not the file that it refers to.

       fremovexattr() is identical to removexattr(), only the extended
       attribute is removed from the open file referred to by fd (as
       returned by open(2)) in place of path.

       An extended attribute name is a null-terminated string.  The name
       includes a namespace prefix; there may be several, disjoint
       namespaces associated with an individual inode.

RETURN VALUE         top

       On success, zero is returned.  On failure, -1 is returned and
       errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS         top

              The named attribute does not exist.

              Extended attributes are not supported by the filesystem,
              or are disabled.

       In addition, the errors documented in stat(2) can also occur.

VERSIONS         top

       These system calls have been available on Linux since kernel 2.4;
       glibc support is provided since version 2.3.

CONFORMING TO         top

       These system calls are Linux-specific.

SEE ALSO         top

       getfattr(1), setfattr(1), getxattr(2), listxattr(2), open(2),
       setxattr(2), stat(2), symlink(7), xattr(7)

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                          2021-03-22                 REMOVEXATTR(2)

Pages that refer to this page: getxattr(2)listxattr(2)setxattr(2)syscalls(2)symlink(7)xattr(7)