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CHFLAGS(2)                OpenBSD Programmer's Manual               CHFLAGS(2)

NAME
     chflags, fchflags - set file flags

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/stat.h>
     #include <unistd.h>

     int
     chflags(const char *path, unsigned int flags);

     int
     fchflags(int fd, unsigned int flags);

DESCRIPTION
     The file whose name is given by path or referenced by the descriptor fd
     has its flags changed to flags.

     The flags specified are formed by OR'ing the following values

           UF_NODUMP     Do not dump the file.
           UF_IMMUTABLE  The file may not be changed.
           UF_APPEND     The file may only be appended to.
           SF_IMMUTABLE  The file may not be changed.
           SF_APPEND     The file may only be appended to.

     The ``UF_IMMUTABLE'' and ``UF_APPEND'' flags may be set or unset by ei-
     ther the owner of a file or the superuser.

     The ``SF_IMMUTABLE'' and ``SF_APPEND'' flags may only be set or unset by
     the superuser.  They may be set at any time, but normally may only be un-
     set when the system is in single-user mode.  (See init(8) for details.)

RETURN VALUES
     Upon successful completion, a value of 0 is returned.  Otherwise, -1 is
     returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
     chflags() will fail if:

     [ENOTDIR]     A component of the path prefix is not a directory.

     [ENAMETOOLONG]
                   A component of a pathname exceeded {NAME_MAX} characters,
                   or an entire path name exceeded {PATH_MAX} characters.

     [ENOENT]      The named file does not exist.

     [EACCES]      Search permission is denied for a component of the path
                   prefix.

     [ELOOP]       Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the
                   pathname.

     [EPERM]       The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file
                   and the effective user ID is not the superuser, or the ef-
                   fective user ID is not the superuser and at least one of
                   the super-user-only flags for the named file would be
                   changed.

     [EOPNOTSUPP]  The named file resides on a file system that does not sup-
                   port file flags.

     [EROFS]       The named file resides on a read-only file system.

     [EFAULT]      path points outside the process's allocated address space.

     [EIO]         An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the
                   file system.

     fchflags() will fail if:

     [EBADF]       The descriptor is not valid.

     [EINVAL]      fd refers to a socket, not to a file.

     [EINVAL]      Only the superuser can change flags on block and character
                   devices.

     [EINVAL]      The flags value is invalid.

     [EPERM]       The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file
                   and the effective user ID is not the superuser, or the ef-
                   fective user ID is not the superuser and at least one of
                   the super-user-only flags for the named file would be
                   changed.

     [EOPNOTSUPP]  The named file resides on a file system that does not sup-
                   port file flags.

     [EROFS]       The file resides on a read-only file system.

     [EIO]         An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the
                   file system.

SEE ALSO
     chflags(1), init(8)

HISTORY
     The chflags() and fchflags() functions first appeared in 4.4BSD.

OpenBSD 3.4                      June 9, 1993                                2

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