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Execute program relative to a directory file descriptor.

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

NAME execveat - execute program relative to a directory file descriptor
SYNOPSIS #include <unistd.h> int execveat(int dirfd, const char *pathname, char *const argv[], char *const envp[], int flags);
DESCRIPTION The execveat() system call executes the program referred to by the combination of dirfd and pathname. It operates in exactly the same way as execve(2), except for the differ‐ ences 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 execve(2) for a relative path‐ name). If pathname is relative and dirfd is the special value AT_FDCWD, then pathname is inter‐ preted relative to the current working directory of the calling process (like execve(2)). If pathname is absolute, then dirfd is ignored. If pathname is an empty string and the AT_EMPTY_PATH flag is specified, then the file descriptor dirfd specifies the file to be executed (i.e., dirfd refers to an executable file, rather than a directory). The flags argument is a bit mask that can include zero or more of the following flags: AT_EMPTY_PATH If pathname is an empty string, operate on the file referred to by dirfd (which may have been obtained using the open(2) O_PATH flag). AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW If the file identified by dirfd and a non-NULL pathname is a symbolic link, then the call fails with the error ELOOP.
RETURN VALUE On success, execveat() does not return. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appro‐ priately.
ERRORS The same errors that occur for execve(2) can also occur for execveat(). The following additional errors can occur for execveat(): EBADF dirfd is not a valid file descriptor. EINVAL Invalid flag specified in flags. ELOOP flags includes AT_SYMLINK_NOFOLLOW and the file identified by dirfd and a non-NULL pathname is a symbolic link. ENOENT The program identified by dirfd and pathname requires the use of an interpreter program (such as a script starting with "#!"), but the file descriptor dirfd was opened with the O_CLOEXEC flag, with the result that the program file is inaccessi‐ ble to the launched interpreter. See BUGS. ENOTDIR pathname is relative and dirfd is a file descriptor referring to a file other than a directory.
VERSIONS execveat() was added to Linux in kernel 3.19. GNU C library support is pending.
CONFORMING TO The execveat() system call is Linux-specific.
NOTES In addition to the reasons explained in openat(2), the execveat() system call is also needed to allow fexecve(3) to be implemented on systems that do not have the /proc filesystem mounted. When asked to execute a script file, the argv[0] that is passed to the script interpreter is a string of the form /dev/fd/N or /dev/fd/N/P, where N is the number of the file descriptor passed via the dirfd argument. A string of the first form occurs when AT_EMPTY_PATH is employed. A string of the second form occurs when the script is speci‐ fied via both dirfd and pathname; in this case, P is the value given in pathname. For the same reasons described in fexecve(3), the natural idiom when using execveat(2) is to set the close-on-exec flag on dirfd. (But see BUGS.)
BUGS The ENOENT error described above means that it is not possible to set the close-on-exec flag on the file descriptor given to a call of the form: execveat(fd, "", argv, envp, AT_EMPTY_PATH); However, the inability to set the close-on-exec flag means that a file descriptor refer‐ ring to the script leaks through to the script itself. As well as wasting a file descrip‐ tor, this leakage can lead to file-descriptor exhaustion in scenarios where scripts recur‐ sively employ execveat().
SEE ALSO execve(2), openat(2), fexecve(3)
COLOPHON This page is part of release 4.04 of the Linux man-pages project. A description of the project, information about reporting bugs, and the latest version of this page, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.
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