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EXTATTR(3)             FreeBSD Library Functions Manual             EXTATTR(3)

NAME
     extattr_namespace_to_string, extattr_string_to_namespace -- convert an
     extended attribute namespace identifier to a string and vice versa

LIBRARY
     System Utilities Library (libutil, -lutil)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/extattr.h>
     #include <libutil.h>

     int
     extattr_namespace_to_string(int attrnamespace, char **string);

     int
     extattr_string_to_namespace(const char *string, int *attrnamespace);

DESCRIPTION
     The extattr_namespace_to_string() function converts a VFS extended
     attribute identifier to a human-readable string; the
     extattr_string_to_namespace() function undoes the aforementioned opera-
     tion, and converts a human-readable string representing a namespace to a
     namespace identifier.  Although a file system may implement arbitrary
     namespaces, these functions only support the EXTATTR_NAMESPACE_USER
     (``user'') and EXTATTR_NAMESPACE_SYSTEM (``system'') namespaces, which
     are defined in extattr(9).

     These functions are meant to be used in error reporting and other inter-
     active tasks.  For example, instead of printing the integer identifying
     an extended attribute in an error message, a program might use
     extattr_namespace_to_string() to obtain a human-readable representation.
     Likewise, instead of requiring a user to enter the integer representing a
     namespace, an interactive program might ask for a name and use
     extattr_string_to_namespace() to get the desired identifier.

RETURN VALUES
     If any of the calls are unsuccessful, the value -1 is returned and the
     global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
     [EINVAL]           The requested namespace could not be identified.

SEE ALSO
     extattr(2), getextattr(8), setextattr(8), extattr(9)

HISTORY
     Extended attribute support was developed as part of the TrustedBSD
     Project, and introduced in FreeBSD 5.0.  It was developed to support
     security extensions requiring additional labels to be associated with
     each file or directory.

FreeBSD 6.2                      June 24, 2001                     FreeBSD 6.2

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