Linux and UNIX Man Pages

Linux & Unix Commands - Search Man Pages

access(3f) [bsd man page]

ACCESS(3F)																ACCESS(3F)

access - determine accessibility of a file SYNOPSIS
integer function access (name, mode) character*(*) name, mode DESCRIPTION
Access checks the given file, name, for accessibility with respect to the caller according to mode. Mode may include in any order and in any combination one or more of: r test for read permission w test for write permission x test for execute permission (blank) test for existence An error code is returned if either argument is illegal, or if the file cannot be accessed in all of the specified modes. 0 is returned if the specified access would be successful. FILES
/usr/lib/libU77.a SEE ALSO
access(2), perror(3F) BUGS
Pathnames can be no longer than MAXPATHLEN as defined in <sys/param.h>. 4.2 Berkeley Distribution May 27, 1986 ACCESS(3F)

Check Out this Related Man Page

ACCESS(2)						      BSD System Calls Manual							 ACCESS(2)

access -- check access permissions of a file or pathname LIBRARY
Standard C Library (libc, -lc) SYNOPSIS
#include <unistd.h> int access(const char *path, int mode); DESCRIPTION
The access() function checks the accessibility of the file named by path for the access permissions indicated by mode. The value of mode is the bitwise inclusive OR of the access permissions to be checked (R_OK for read permission, W_OK for write permission and X_OK for exe- cute/search permission) or the existence test, F_OK. All components of the pathname path are checked for access permissions (including F_OK). The real user ID is used in place of the effective user ID and the real group access list (including the real group ID) are used in place of the effective ID for verifying permission. If a process has super-user privileges and indicates success for R_OK or W_OK, the file may not actually have read or write permission bits set. If a process has super-user privileges and indicates success for X_OK, at least one of the user, group, or other execute bits is set. (However, the file may still not be executable. See execve(2).) RETURN VALUES
If path cannot be found or if any of the desired access modes would not be granted, then a -1 value is returned; otherwise a 0 value is returned. ERRORS
Access to the file is denied if: [EACCES] Permission bits of the file mode do not permit the requested access, or search permission is denied on a component of the path prefix. The owner of a file has permission checked with respect to the ``owner'' read, write, and execute mode bits, members of the file's group other than the owner have permission checked with respect to the ``group'' mode bits, and all others have permissions checked with respect to the ``other'' mode bits. [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. [ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname. [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. [ENOTDIR] A component of the path prefix is not a directory. [EROFS] Write access is requested for a file on a read-only file system. [ETXTBSY] Write access is requested for a pure procedure (shared text) file presently being executed. SEE ALSO
chmod(2), execve(2), stat(2), secure_path(3) STANDARDS
The access() function conforms to ISO/IEC 9945-1:1990 (``POSIX.1''). SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
The access() system call is a potential security hole due to race conditions. It should never be used. Set-user-ID and set-group-ID appli- cations should restore the effective user or group ID, and perform actions directly rather than use access() to simulate access checks for the real user or group ID. The access() system call may however have some value in providing clues to users as to whether certain operations make sense for a particular filesystem object. Arguably it also allows a cheaper file existence test than stat(2). BSD
May 3, 2010 BSD
Man Page