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exec(2)			      System Calls Manual		       exec(2)

NAME
       exec, execl, execv, execle, execve, execlp, execvp - execute a file

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<unistd.h>

       int execl(const char *path, const char *arg0, ...,
	    const char *argn, char * /*NULL*/);

       int execv(const char *path, char	*const argv[]);

       int execle (const char *path,char *const	arg0[],	... ,
	    const char *argn, char * /*NULL*/, char *const envp[]);

       int execve (const char *path, char *const argv[],
	    char *const	envp[]);

       int execlp (const char *file, const char	*arg0, ...,
	    const char *argn, char * /*NULL*/);

       int execvp (const char *file, char *const argv[]);

MT-LEVEL
       execle()	and execve() are Async-Signal-Safe

DESCRIPTION
       exec() in all its forms overlays	a new process image on an old process.
       The new process image is	constructed from an ordinary, executable file.
       This file is either an executable object	file, or a file	of data	for an
       interpreter.  There can be no return from a successful  exec()  because
       the calling process image is overlaid by	the new	process	image.

       An interpreter file begins with a line of the form

	      #! pathname [arg]

       where  pathname	is the path of the interpreter,	and arg	is an optional
       argument.  When an interpreter file is exec'd,  the  system  execs  the
       specified  interpreter.	The pathname specified in the interpreter file
       is passed as arg0 to the	interpreter.  If arg was specified in the  in-
       terpreter file, it is passed as arg1 to the interpreter.	 The remaining
       arguments to the	interpreter are	arg0 through argn  of  the  originally
       exec'd file.

       When a C	program	is executed, it	is called as follows:

	      int main (int argc, char *argv[],	char *envp[]);

       where  argc is the argument count, argv is an array of character	point-
       ers to the arguments themselves,	and envp  is  an  array	 of  character
       pointers	 to  the  environment strings.	As indicated, argc is at least
       one, and	the first member of the	array points to	 a  string  containing
       the name	of the file.

       path points to a	path name that identifies the new process file.

       file  points to the new process file.  If file does not contain a slash
       character, the path prefix for this file	is obtained by a search	of the
       directories  passed  in the PATH	environment variable (see environ(5)).
       The environment is supplied typically by	the shell.  If the new process
       file  is	 not  an executable object file, execlp() and execvp() use the
       contents	of that	file as	standard input to the shell.

       Solaris	 exec()	uses /usr/bin/sh (see sh(1)).

       XPG4	 exec()	 uses  the  XPG4-compliant  shell  /usr/bin/ksh	  (see
		 ksh(1)).

       The  arguments  arg0,  ...,  argn  point	 to  null-terminated character
       strings.	 These strings constitute the argument list available  to  the
       new process image.  Conventionally at least arg0	should be present.  It
       will become the name of the process, as displayed by  the  ps  command.
       arg0 points to a	string that is the same	as path	(or the	last component
       of path).  The list of argument strings is terminated by	 a  (char  *)0
       argument.

       argv  is	 an  array  of	character pointers to null-terminated strings.
       These strings constitute	the argument list available to the new process
       image.	By  convention,	 argv  must  have  at least one	member,	and it
       should point to a string	that is	the same as path (or its  last	compo-
       nent).  argv is terminated by a null pointer.

       envp  is	 an  array  of	character pointers to null-terminated strings.
       These strings constitute	the environment	for  the  new  process	image.
       envp  is	terminated by a	null pointer.  For execl(), execv(), execvp(),
       and execlp(), the C run-time start-off routine places a pointer to  the
       environment  of	the  calling  process in the global object extern char
       **environ, and it is used  to  pass  the	 environment  of  the  calling
       process to the new process.

       File  descriptors  open	in  the	calling	process	remain open in the new
       process,	except for those whose close-on-exec flag  is  set;  (see  fc-
       ntl(2)).	 For those file	descriptors that remain	open, the file pointer
       is unchanged.

       Signals that are	being caught by	the calling process are	set to the de-
       fault  disposition  in  the new process image (see signal(3C)).	Other-
       wise, the new process image inherits the	 signal	 dispositions  of  the
       calling process.

       If  the	set-user-ID  mode  bit	of  the	 new  process file is set (see
       chmod(2)), exec() sets the effective user ID of the new process to  the
       owner  ID of the	new process file.  Similarly, if the set-group-ID mode
       bit of the new process file is set, the effective group ID of  the  new
       process	is set to the group ID of the new process file.	 The real user
       ID and real group ID of the new process remain the same as those	of the
       calling process.

       If  the	effective  user-ID  is root or super-user, the set-user-ID and
       set-group-ID bits will be honored when the process is being  controlled
       by ptrace.

       The  shared memory segments attached to the calling process will	not be
       attached	to the new process (see	shmop(2)).   Memory  mappings  in  the
       calling	process	 are  unmapped before the new process begins execution
       (see mmap(2)).

       Profiling is disabled for the new process; see profil(2).

       Timers created by timer_create(3R) are deleted before the  new  process
       begins execution.

       Any outstanding asynchronous I/O	operations may be cancelled.

       The new process also inherits the following attributes from the calling
       process:

	    nice value (see nice(2))
	    scheduler class and	priority (see priocntl(2))
	    process ID
	    parent process ID
	    process group ID
	    supplementary group	IDs
	    semadj values (see semop(2))
	    session ID (see exit(2) and	signal(3C))
	    trace flag (see ptrace(2) request 0)
	    time left until an alarm (see alarm(2))
	    current working directory
	    root directory
	    file mode creation mask (see umask(2))
	    resource limits (see getrlimit(2))
	    utime, stime, cutime, and cstime (see times(2))
	    file-locks (see fcntl(2) and lockf(3C))
	    controlling	terminal
	    process signal mask	(see sigprocmask(2))
	    pending signals (see sigpending(2))

       Upon successful completion, exec() marks	for update the st_atime	 field
       of the file, unless the file is on a read-only file system.  Should the
       exec() succeed, the process image  file	is  considered	to  have  been
       open()  -ed. The	corresponding close() is considered to occur at	a time
       after this open,	but before process termination or  successful  comple-
       tion of a subsequent call to exec().

RETURN VALUES
       If  exec()  returns  to the calling process, an error has occurred; the
       return value is -1 and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
       exec() will fail	and return to the calling process if one  or  more  of
       the following are true:

       E2BIG		   The	number	of bytes in the	new process's argument
			   list	is greater than	the  system-imposed  limit  of
			   ARG_MAX  bytes.   The argument list limit is	sum of
			   the size of the argument list plus the size of  the
			   environment's exported shell	variables.

       EACCES		   Search  permission is denied	for a directory	listed
			   in the new process file's path prefix.

       EACCES		   The new process file	is not an ordinary file.

       EACCES		   The new process file	mode  denies  execute  permis-
			   sion.

       EAGAIN		   Total  amount of system memory available when read-
			   ing using raw I/O is	temporarily insufficient.

       EFAULT		   An argument points to an illegal address.

       EINTR		   A signal was	caught during the exec() function.

       ELOOP		   Too many symbolic links were	encountered in	trans-
			   lating path or file.

       EMULTIHOP	   Components  of path require hopping to multiple re-
			   mote	machines and the file system type does not al-
			   low it.

       ENAMETOOLONG	   The	length	of  the	 file or path argument exceeds
			   {PATH_MAX}, or the length of	a file or path	compo-
			   nent	 exceeds {NAME_MAX} while {_POSIX_NO_TRUNC} is
			   in effect.

       ENOENT		   One or more components of the new process path name
			   of the file do not exist or is a null pathname.

       ENOEXEC		   The	exec() is not an execlp() or execvp(), and the
			   new process file has	the appropriate	access permis-
			   sion	but an invalid magic number in its header.

       ENOLINK		   path	 points	 to  a	remote machine and the link to
			   that	machine	is no longer active.

       ENOMEM		   The new process requires more memory	 than  is  al-
			   lowed  by  the  limit  imposed  by getrlimit(), see
			   brk(2).  MAXMEM.

       ENOTDIR		   A component of the new process  path	 of  the  file
			   prefix is not a directory.

SEE ALSO
       ksh(1),	ps(1),	sh(1),	alarm(2), brk(2), chmod(2), exit(2), fcntl(2),
       fork(2),	 getrlimit(2),	mmap(2),  nice(2),   priocntl(2),   profil(2),
       ptrace(2),  semop(2),  shmop(2),	 signal(3C),  sigpending(2),  sigproc-
       mask(2),	times(2), umask(2), lockf(3C),	timer_create(3R),  system(3S),
       a.out(4), environ(5), xpg4(5)

WARNINGS
       If  a program is	setuid to a user ID other than the super-user, and the
       program is executed when	the real user ID is super-user,	then the  pro-
       gram has	some of	the powers of a	super-user as well.

				  17 Jul 1995			       exec(2)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | MT-LEVEL | DESCRIPTION | RETURN VALUES | ERRORS | SEE ALSO | WARNINGS

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